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Israel releases 39 Palestinian minors from prison, NBC

Israel releases 39 Palestinian minors from prison, NBC Israel released 39 Palestinians (Photo: GettyImages)

Israel has released 39 Palestinians as part of a deal with Hamas to swap hostages. The vast majority of those released were minors, according to NBC News.

The Israeli Prison Service has announced the release of 39 Palestinian individuals, with the International Committee of the Red Cross having assisted in the release of 19 of them.

Further, Majed al-Ansari, spokesperson for Qatar's Foreign Ministry, stated that the majority of those released today were children. The Israeli authorities have not yet disclosed the identities or ages of the released prisoners.

Release of hostages

Israel entered into an agreement with Hamas for a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in return for the release of hostages. The ceasefire could be prolonged, provided that Hamas abides by the agreed terms. The freed hostages were transported to medical facilities throughout Israel to reunite with their families.

The first exchange occurred on November 24, in which Hamas released 24 individuals, comprising 13 Israeli citizens and 11 foreign nationals.

On November 25, the Red Cross received a second group of hostages released by Hamas, which included 17 individuals, including 4 foreigners.

For further information on Israel's agreements with Hamas and the expected duration of the ongoing war, please refer to the RBC-Ukraine article.