Israel-Hamas Truce Extended By 2 Days (Image: Palestinian prisoners released by Israel return to their homes in Ramallah)
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Tel Aviv: Bringing a seven-weeklong war to a halt, Israel and Hamas have decided to extend their four-day ceasefire by another two days. As per the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu has received the list of Israeli hostages who will be freed on the fifth day of the ceasefire.
As per PMO, the list of hostages is being reviewed by Netanyahu and "notices are being delivered at this time" to the families of the hostages.
As of now, the number of hostages who will be freed by Hamas has not been released. In exchange for the Israeli hostages, the Jewish state will be releasing around 50 Palestinians from Israeli prisons.
During the four-day ceasefire, 50 Israelis have been freed by Hamas. Thai, Filipino, American, Irish, German and Russian nationals were also released by Hamas. In the four-day ceasefire, a total of 69 hostages were released by the militant group.
Before Qatar's mediation, Hamas had stated it would be open to extending the ceasefire, only if Israel speeds up the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
On the other hand, Israel was ready for an extension on the guarantee that Hamas would release 10 hostages per day without any default. With pressure from the US, Qatar and Egypt, the ceasefire in Gaza was extended.
The Israel-Hamas war broke out on October 7, 2023, after the militant group stormed into southern Israel and killed around 1,200 Israelis and took 240 captives. In response, Israel announced a complete siege of Gaza and bombarded the densely populated strip, killing over 13,000.