With deadline looming, diplomats seek to extend Gaza truce; more hostages, prisoners are freed

Ahmed Salaima, 14, center, a Palestinian prisoner released by Israel, is hugged by his father as he arrives home Tuesday in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Hamas and Israel released more hostages and prisoners under terms of a fragile cease-fire that held for a fifth day Tuesday as international mediators in Qatar worked to extend the truce. The United States urged Israel to better protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza if it follows through on its promise to resume the war.