Israel agrees to 4-hour daily pauses in Gaza fighting to allow civilians to flee, White House says

Des Palestiniens recherchent des survivants après une frappe aérienne israélienne dans le camp de réfugiés de Rafah, dans le sud de la bande de Gaza, le jeudi 12 octobre 2023. (Hatem Ali | AP Photo)

WASHINGTON - The White House says Israel has agreed to put in place four-hour daily humanitarian pauses in its assault on Hamas in northern Gaza. 

The Biden administration says it has secured a second pathway for civilians to flee fighting. 

President Joe Biden had asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to institute the daily pauses during a Monday call. 

U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says that the first humanitarian pause would be announced Thursday and that the Israelis had committed to announcing each four-hour window at least three hours in advance.

Biden says he asked the Israelis for a "pause longer than three days" during negotiations over the release of hostages held by Hamas.