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Israel-Hamas ceasefire: Militants release first group of hostages

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Author: Daria Shekina

Hamas militants have begun releasing hostages during the ceasefire with Israel. The first group was sent to the border crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, reports The Times of Israel.

The news agency, citing an Israeli official, reports that 13 hostages—mothers and children—are already in the hands of the Red Cross workers. They are headed from Khan Younis (a city in the southern part of the Gaza Strip) to the Rafah border crossing.

Meanwhile, relatives of those already released by Hamas militants are waiting for them in Israeli hospitals.

It's worth noting that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a four-day ceasefire. During this cessation of hostilities, militants are to release about 50 hostages—children, mothers, and other women.

In exchange for its 50 citizens, Israel intends to release 150 Palestinian prisoners.

Additionally, Tel Aviv is prepared to extend the ceasefire for another day if Hamas releases more hostages.

In total, the terrorists are holding about 240 people.

Temporary ceasefire

Yesterday, on November 23, Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant emphasized that such a ceasefire would be brief.

He indicated that the Israeli Defense Forces would continue their operation against militants for at least another two months.