Gaza truce extended and new hostages await freedom

A bus of the Red Cross transferring released Palestinian prisoners from the Ofer Israeli military prison arrives in Ramallah, West Bank, 30 November 2023. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH

On 29 November, the Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal entered its sixth day with about 81 Hamas held hostages and 180 Palestinian prisoners released, as more talks are ongoing to extend the deal.  

The Israeli government has received a new list of women and children hostages in the Gaza Strip that Hamas must release in exchange for a one-day extension of the truce.

"A short time ago, Israel received a list of women and children in accordance with the terms of the agreement and therefore the truce will continue," the Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement, without specifying the number of hostages to be released.

The truce, originally agreed last Friday, resulted in a temporary cessation of hostilities in exchange for hostages and prisoners.

The total number of freed hostages stands at 102 people, including 70 Israelis, out of about 240 people taken to the Gaza Strip after the unprecedented attacks by Hamas on October 7, when they killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians.

Israel has released 210 Palestinian prisoners. /BGNES