Mediators have announced that Hamas will finally release a second group of Israeli hostages, following a delay of several hours.

Mediators have announced that Hamas will finally release a second group of Israeli hostages, following a delay of several hours.

Hamas has confirmed to CBS News that they will be releasing a second group of hostages after a delay on Saturday. According to reports from Qatari and Egyptian mediators, Hamas has agreed to release 13 Israelis and seven foreigners on Saturday in exchange for 39 Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel.

National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson announced that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was in the process of retrieving the hostages. President Joe Biden received an update on the current situation after directly communicating with the Amir of Qatar and the Qatari Prime Minister about any potential obstacles to the agreement and ways to address them, according to Watson’s statement.


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Hamas finally released Palestinian prisoners held by Israel in exchange, after a delay on Saturday due to the militant group’s accusation that Israel was not following the terms of the deal. This last-minute issue caused a tense standoff on the second day of the planned 48-hour trade.four-day cease-fire

“The primary area of conflict for Israel’s ground attack and the primary area of combat is northern Gaza. Hamas also expressed dissatisfaction with the number of experienced prisoners released in the initial exchange on Friday.”

Osama Hamdan, a high-ranking member of Hamas, stated in Beirut that this action is jeopardizing the agreement and discussions have been held with mediators regarding it.

I have contacted the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli prime minister’s office for their response, but I have not received a reply yet from either.

Although there was still uncertainty surrounding the specifics of the exchange, there was also a sense of hope as families were reunited on both sides in jubilant scenes. In the initial day of the four-day truce, Hamas released 24 of the approximately 240 hostages they had taken during their attack on Israel on October 7th, which sparked the war. In addition, Israel released 39 Palestinians from prison. The individuals released in Gaza included 13 Israelis, 10 Thais, and one Filipino.

On Saturday, Hamas leaders gave contradictory information about the number of hostages scheduled for release, with reports stating 13 or 14 individuals. As part of the agreement, three Palestinian prisoners were to be released for each hostage, resulting in a potential total of 39 or 42 freed Palestinian prisoners.

During the four-day ceasefire, Hamas will release a minimum of 50 Israeli hostages and Israel will release 150 Palestinian prisoners, all of whom are women and minors.

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Israel announced that the ceasefire could be prolonged for an additional day for every 10 hostages released, a statement that U.S. President Joe Biden stated he is unable to reword.hoped would occur.

Biden is optimistic that the agreement between Israel and Hamas will continue.

According to an anonymous diplomat who was briefed on the matter, a delegation from Qatar arrived in Israel on Saturday in order to work with involved parties and ensure that the agreement continues to progress without issues. The diplomat requested anonymity as they were not permitted to disclose information to the media.

The beginning of the break provided some respite for 2.3 million Palestinians who have been enduring non-stop Israeli attacks, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people, displacement of three-quarters of the population, and destruction of residential neighborhoods. The firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel also ceased.

Palestinians in northern Gaza, who have been exhausted by war, have come back to the streets that are the main target of Israel’s ground attack. They are walking on rubble, passing by destroyed buildings, and sometimes even using their bare hands to search through it. At the Jabaliya hospital in Indonesia, which was under siege by the Israeli military in recent weeks, corpses were scattered in the courtyard and outside the main entrance.

Emad Abu Hajer, who lives in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza City, was able to resume searching through the remains of his destroyed home after the temporary halt in attacks. The home was destroyed during an Israeli attack last week.

He discovered the corpses of his cousin and nephew, bringing the total number of fatalities in the assault to 19. He continued his search on Saturday for his sister and two other family members who are still unaccounted for.

He stated that our goal is to locate them and give them a respectful burial.

The United Nations reported that the temporary halt allowed for an increase in the distribution of food, water, and medicine, reaching the highest amount since aid convoys resumed on October 21st. They were also able to transport 129,000 liters (34,078 gallons) of fuel, which is equivalent to just over 10% of the pre-war daily volume. Additionally, they delivered cooking gas for the first time since the war began.

On Saturday, in Khan Younis, a city in the south, a large group of individuals carrying containers stood in queue outside a gas station. Hossam Fayad expressed disappointment that the ceasefire was only for a duration of four days.

He expressed a desire for the extension to last until people’s situations improved.

After more than a month, aid finally arrived in northern Gaza. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that a convoy of 61 trucks loaded with food, water, and medical supplies made its way there on Saturday. This was the largest aid shipment to reach the area so far.

The United Nations and the Palestinian Red Crescent successfully transported 40 patients and their families from a hospital in Gaza City, which has seen significant conflict, to a hospital in Khan Younis.

The temporary halt in fighting has provided some relief, but it is tempered by the fact that not all hostages will be released for Israelis. For Palestinians, the short duration of the pause is also a source of disappointment.

On Saturday, two Palestinians were wounded at a tense checkpoint in the West Bank as Israel prepared to release prisoners. Israeli security personnel used tear gas and rubber bullets against a group of Palestinians at the Beitunia checkpoint. The cause of the injuries sustained by the two individuals is unknown.

Thousands of people gathered in a central square in Tel Aviv known as “the square of the hostages” to await updates on the second release.

Neri Gershon, a resident of Tel Aviv, urged not to neglect the remaining hostages as the situation becomes increasingly difficult and disheartening. Some families have criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration for not taking sufficient action to secure the release of the hostages.

The freed Israelis included nine women and four children ages 9 and under. They were taken to Israeli hospitals for observation and were declared to be in good condition.

After several hours, 24 Palestinian females and 15 adolescent males who had been detained in Israeli prisons in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem were released. The teenagers had been incarcerated for minor crimes such as hurling rocks. The group of women also consisted of individuals who were found guilty of attempting to stab Israeli soldiers.

Aseel Munir al-Titi, a recently freed prisoner, expressed mixed emotions about their release from prison as it came at the high price of martyrs’ lives and the loss of children’s innocence.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, an organization that advocates for Palestinian rights, reports that Israel is currently detaining 7,200 Palestinians, with approximately 2,000 being arrested since the beginning of the conflict.

The conflict began when a large group of Hamas fighters invaded southern Israel, resulting in the deaths of around 1,200 individuals, mostly innocent civilians. They also took numerous hostages, including infants, women, and elderly individuals, as well as soldiers.

“We will resume attacking and operating in Gaza immediately after the cease-fire ends,” said Herzi Halevi, the chief of staff for the Israeli army, to his soldiers.

Israeli officials have stated they will continue their efforts until Hamas, who has held control over Gaza for 16 years, is defeated. They have also claimed that military force is the only way to secure the release of the hostages. However, the government is facing pressure from the families of the hostages to focus on freeing the remaining captives.

The attacks carried out by Israel have resulted in the death of over 13,300 Palestinians, according to the Health Ministry under the control of Hamas in Gaza. The majority of those killed have been women and children, making up roughly two-thirds of the total fatalities. This number does not account for the latest reports from hospitals in the northern region, where communication has been disrupted.