Attention now turns to whether the mediator can negotiate another extension of the Qatar ceasefire. Hamas has so far released a total of 81 hostages out of the 150 agreed under the ceasefire.
More hostages and Palestinian prisoners will be released by Hamas and Israel on Wednesday, the last day of a ceasefire between the two sides in the Gaza Strip. A statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it had received a list of names of hostages whom Hamas would release today. Hamas released 12 more hostages on Tuesday, including 10 Israelis and two Thai citizens. Meanwhile, Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners.
Attention now turns to whether the mediator can negotiate another extension of the Qatar ceasefire. Hamas has so far released a total of 81 hostages out of the 150 agreed under the ceasefire. These include foreign citizens as well as mostly Israeli women and children. Israel has released 180 Palestinian prisoners as part of the ongoing ceasefire. On Tuesday, both Hamas and Israeli forces expressed hope for a further extension of the ceasefire in fighting.
The 12 hostages freed on Tuesday were handed over by Hamas to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), after which they underwent preliminary medical examinations. They were then taken to Israeli hospitals where they were reunited with their families. The hostages were aged between 17 and 84 and included a mother and daughter. Reuters, citing the Palestinian Prisoners Club, a semi-official organization, reported that the Palestinian prisoners released on Tuesday were mostly women and teenage males. Qatar on Tuesday hosted Mossad chief David Barnia and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Bill Burns as well as other top Qatari officials amid efforts to get another extension on the Gaza ceasefire.