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Israel agrees to 4-hour pauses in northern Gaza fighting, U.S. says

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Israel has agreed to daily, four-hour pauses in operations inside Gaza to allow more civilians to leave the northern part of the enclave and facilitate an increase in humanitarian aid entering from Egypt, the White House said Thursday.

The pauses are to begin “today,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters, though Israel had offered similar windows for civilians to evacuate earlier in the week.

The Israel Defense Forces’ statements Thursday did not mention an agreement for daily pauses, and did not offer specifics about their length; instead, they said the IDF would conduct “tactical, local pauses for humanitarian aid” that were “limited in time and area.”

Asked to respond to the subsequent White House description, Elyon Levy, spokesman for office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, confirmed that Israel would continue to allow a “window” for the evacuation of civilians along a specific corridor

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