29 February 2024,   12:36
Israel receives list of hostages that Hamas is due to release later today

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says it has received a list with the names of abducted Israelis that Hamas is slated to release later today, the sixth group of hostages to be freed as part of a temporary truce in Gaza between Israel and the terror group, writes The Times of Israel.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says the families of those on the list have been informed, without giving further details.

Today is the second day in a two-day extension of the ceasefire in Gaza. As part of the pause in fighting, Hamas has released hostages seized by Palestinian terrorists during the devastating attack in southern Israel on October 7, in exchange for the freeing of Palestinian prisoners and the entry of increased humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Under the terms of the agreement, the ceasefire could be extended by more days - up to a total of 10 days, including the first four - if Hamas releases at least 10 additional hostages each day, with Israel freeing more security inmates at a ratio of three prisoners for every hostage.

Mossad chief David Barnea visited Qatar yesterday for talks that addressed a potential further extension of the ceasefire.