The Israeli government has received the final list of 11 hostages that Hamas will release during the final exchange on the last day of a negotiated ceasefire between the two warring parties that has been in effect since Friday morning.
Since Friday, the Hamas movement has released 39 hostages, including women and children, as well as citizens of other countries, which it had held captive since the brutal attack on Israel on October 7.
Their release came as part of an agreement between Jerusalem and Hamas on a temporary four-day truce. A total of 50 kidnapped people should be released during those four days. Palestinian prisoners, a total of 150 of whom are to be released from Israeli prisons, are heading in the opposite direction.
At the same time, it is still not excluded that the ceasefire will be extended. This will happen when Hamas decides to release another hostage. Every additional ten people extradited means an additional 24 hours of ceasefire, the BBC wrote. The United States, Egypt and Qatar, among others, have called for the extension of the ceasefire, Al Jazeera reported.
According to the WSJ, the parties are already discussing a possible extension of another four days. It should also be about the release of older men who are still in captivity. So far, only women, children and foreigners have been freed.
“The possible extension of the truce will also depend on whether Hamas manages to find dozens of hostages held by other armed groups, gangs, and civilians in the Gaza Strip,” Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Khalifa Sani told The Financial Times (FT). The search for up to 40 hostages in the Gaza Strip, which are not held by Hamas, is, according to the Qatari emir, one of the motivations for the ceasefire for the Palestinian movement.
“If they find more women and children, (the ceasefire) will be extended. We don’t have clear information on how many they can find, because one of the reasons for the pause is to give them (Hamas) time to search for the rest of the missing,” Saní said.
“Israel has provided Qatar with a list of more than 90 women and children captured in a bloody attack by Hamas on southern Israel on October 7,” Sani told the FT. About 1,200 people died and 240 were taken to the Gaza Strip administered by Hamas. According to the emir, Israel is willing to extend the ceasefire if it has evidence that Hamas has additional hostages it can release.