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Six hostages released by Hamas were handed over to Israeli authorities

Six hostages released by Hamas were handed over to Israeli authorities

Hamas confirms effective release of ten hostages

The Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, an armed wing of Hamas, confirmed this “Handed over to the ICRC [Comité international de la Croix-Rouge] Gaza Strip » Six hostages were released in the evening. “After two people the seventh group is now completely freed [otages] Released early »She added.

A source close to Hamas told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the two female Israeli-Russian hostages freed on Wednesday were part of the seventh group. “Therefore, the number of prisoners in the seventh group is ten”. Earlier on Thursday, a source in Hamas announced that ten Israeli hostages would be released.

Three times as many Palestinian prisoners are to be released from Israeli jails in the coming hours under the terms of the deal, which expires at 7 a.m. Friday (6 a.m. in France).

The exchange deal has so far helped free 80 Hamas hostages and 210 Palestinian prisoners. In addition, thirty foreigners, mostly Thais working in Israel, were released outside the framework of this agreement.

Hamas says it is ready to extend the ceasefire further, a source close to the Palestinian movement told AFP on Thursday evening.

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