On the third day of the truce between Israel and Hamas, the latter has confirmed that it has released another 13 Israeli hostages, three Thai nationals and one Russian to the Red Cross.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has said that 14 Israeli hostages and three foreign hostages have been released by Hamas.
The Palestinian militant group clarified that the Russian is a dual Israeli citizen, which explains the discrepancy in numbers.
As per the reports by BBC, citing eyewitnesses, the release of Israeli hostages have been handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the north of Gaza rather than in the south, for the first time. The ICRC has been designated to act as an intermediary in the process of release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners from Israel.
The temporary cease fire agreement of four days began on Friday, which was mediated by Qatar. The country’s foreign ministry has earlier expressed its wish to extend the truce beyond the agreed four days.
As per the part of the deal, Hamas is required to release at least 50 Israeli hostages, out of the at least 250 Israelis abducted during October 7 attacks.