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Israeli Hostages Released in Ongoing Truce Deal with Hamas

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Shivani Chauhan
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Israeli Hostages Released in Ongoing Truce Deal with Hamas

In a significant development, two Israeli hostages were released by Hamas and handed over to the members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Gaza Strip. The hostages are now on their way to Israel, as confirmed by the Israeli military. This exchange forms part of an agreement between Israel and Hamas, which has been releasing about ten hostages each day since Friday. In return, Israel is releasing a threefold number of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

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Wave of Hostage Releases

This release marks the sixth round of hostage liberation since the ceasefire began. The group of ten included four Thai nationals and two Israeli-Russian dual citizens. Some of these individuals were relatives of those previously released. The hostages were abducted on October 7, with some being separated from their family members during their captivity. The release of these hostages is a critical component of the ongoing truce deal between Israel and Hamas.

The Ceasefire Extension

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The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has been extended again, now for another 24 hours. Over 100 of the more than 200 individuals taken hostage during the October 7 surprise attack on Israel have been freed by Hamas. Correspondingly, Israel has released more than 200 Palestinians from its prisons. This ongoing truce deal, including the latest releases of hostages and ceasefire extension, is being closely followed by the international community.

Continuing Negotiations

As negotiations continue to extend the ceasefire, Hamas released more than a dozen hostages, including an American. This development was confirmed by President Biden and officials from Israel and Qatar. The Israeli military anticipates more Israeli hostages to be handed over to the ICRC in the coming hours, marking a significant stride towards peace in the region.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Ramallah and made requests to Netanyahu. The specifics of these requests remain undisclosed at this time. The release of hostages, the ongoing truce deal, and the extended ceasefire are all crucial steps towards a more peaceful future in the region.

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