The fifth prisoners exchange deal completed… Israel releases Palestinian prisoners including children and women from the West Bank and Jerusalem after releasing 12 detainees from the Gaza Strip

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A new group of hostages held in Gaza was released on Tuesday in exchange for Israel releasing 30 Palestinian prisoners, after extending the truce between Israel and Hamas for two days.

Several women, accompanied by masked Palestinian fighters from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements, were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, near the border with Egypt.

The 12 released hostages are ten Israeli women and two Thais, according to Israel and Qatar, and they will be transferred to Israeli hospitals where they will meet their families again.

On the other hand, the Israeli Prison Service announced the release of 30 Palestinian prisoners, women and young men under the age of 19.

A few hours before the end of the basic truce period that entered into force on November 24, Qatar and the United States announced an agreement to extend it for an additional two days, until seven o’clock in the morning on Thursday (5 GMT), which would allow the release of about 20 hostages and 60 hostages.

Every day since Friday, Hamas has released about ten women and children who it detained during its attack on Israel on October 7, in exchange for the Hebrew state releasing three times this number of Palestinian prisoners, including women, children, and young men under 19 years of age.

The truce agreement entered into force on Friday after Qatari mediation, with the support of Egypt and the United States, and has so far allowed the release of 60 hostages held in the Gaza Strip and 180 Palestinians from Israeli prisons.

21 other hostages, the majority of whom were foreign workers, were also released, but outside the framework of the agreement.

On the fifth day of the truce, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still under strong pressure from public opinion shocked by the Hamas attacks and demanding the return of the hostages.

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