Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has expressed his gratitude for the Qatari-Egyptian efforts, which led to a humanitarian truce in Gaza, during a phone call with Prime Minister/ Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani.  

On his X platform, Dbeibah hoped the truce would help alleviate the suffering of the population in Gaza and end "this barbaric, unjust war" waged by the Israelis against the besieged territory.

The deal mediated by Qatar, Egypt, and the US involves a four-day cease-fire in war-hit Gaza and the phased release of at least 50 hostages by Hamas in return for 150 Palestinians held in Israeli jails).

According to Qatari statements, the truce announced on Wednesday would also facilitate the deployment of desperately needed humanitarian aid to Gaza.

More than 14,500 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel began its assault on the territory in response to Hamas’s attack on the Israeli settlements north of Gaza on October 7.

At least 1,200 Israelis died on that day and about 240 people were taken by Hamas fighters, while only four have been released so far.