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Egypt sees positive signs on extension of four-day Israel-Hamas ceasefire: report

New Delhi: Egypt said on Saturday it had received “positive signals” to extend the four-day Israel-Hamas ceasefire by a day or two, news agency Reuters reported. The development comes as Hamas militants are expected to release the second batch of 14 Israeli hostages, mostly children. On Friday, the first batch of 13 Israeli hostages were released in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners.

Egypt controls the Rafah border through which humanitarian aid is being sent to the Gaza Strip under the ceasefire.

Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) chief Diaa Rashwan said in a statement that Cairo was in discussions with all parties to reach an agreement, which would mean “more detainees in Gaza and Israeli prisons,” Reuters reports. Release of Palestinian prisoners held in…

According to the report, Hamas released 24 hostages on Friday. Among them were 13 Israelis, 10 Thai farm workers and one Filipino.

Meanwhile, Israeli hostages became emotional as they were reunited with their families after being held hostage for 49 days.

The Israeli hostages included nine-year-old Ohad Mundar, who ran down the hospital corridor to hug his father. Ohad was released along with his mother Karen Munder, 55, and grandmother Ruthie Munder, 78. His grandfather Avraham Munder is still a hostage of Hamas.

“I dreamed we came home,” another four-year-old boy said after being freed, Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, Thailand welcomed back 10 of its hostages and said 20 more were still being held.

It should be noted that both sides have said that hostilities will resume after the four-day ceasefire ends as Israel vowed to destroy Hamas after a surprise attack by the militants on October 7, which killed 1,200. People were killed and 240 people were taken hostage. However, US President Joe Biden has said there is a real possibility of extending the ceasefire, Reuters reported.

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