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Israel approves hostage deal with Hamas: Live updates

4:40 PM ET, November 23, 2023

He is expected to be released tomorrow and what will the exchange look like? Here’s the latest

From CNN staff

at first Release of Hamas hostages The release of 13 women and children is scheduled to take place in Gaza on Friday afternoon local time, according to Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed Al-Ansari.

Al-Ansari was unable to provide details about the identity of the hostages, nor was he able to provide details about the route they might take for safety reasons. However, many of the first 50 hostages are expected to exit via Egypt.

The Israeli government said that their families and the families of the hostages who will not be released have been notified. Al-Ansari also revealed that hostages from the same families will be released together in the first group.

Meanwhile, an Israeli official told CNN that 39 Palestinian prisoners will be released on Friday as part of the deal.

The prisoners will be transferred from two prisons – Damon and Megiddo, both southeast of Haifa – and transferred to Ofer Prison, south of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, for final examinations by the Red Cross.

The released prisoners are expected to be women and teenagers up to 18 years of age.

The timing of the release of the prisoners is not yet clear, but the Israeli official said that the prisoners will not be released until the hostages from Gaza return to Israeli hands.

Here’s what you should know this Thursday:

Two more months of fighting: The Israeli Defense Minister said he expected the military operation against Hamas to continue “vigorously” after the short truce. For at least two months.
There are no names of Palestinian prisoners: A Palestinian official told CNN he did The list of names has not yet arrived They are expected to be released from Israeli prisons today, Friday.
Biden hopes to release 3-year-old American: US President Joe Biden said he “hopes” the 3-year-old American girl held hostage by Hamas… They will be released on Friday. But he said he would not provide further updates until the deal is finalized.
The United States will contact the families of American hostages: The United States will do this Contacting family members of American hostages A US official said that the Americans were released from Gaza “after we received confirmation that they would leave Gaza.”
Hezbollah fires missiles at Israel: Lebanese armed group Hezbollah fired 48 missiles At the headquarters of an Israeli infantry unit at the Ein Zeitim military base, earlier Thursday. Hezbollah said in a statement that it also fired a guided missile at Israeli Merkava tanks stationed near Al-Raheb near the Israeli town of Shtula, targeting Israeli infantry forces in the area.

The Israeli military said it “intercepted a number of launches” and later confirmed it had used helicopters and fighter jets to strike Hezbollah infrastructure and missile launch sites in Lebanon, in response to the militant group’s attacks.

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