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Hamas releases fourth group of hostages in exchange for 33 Palestinians freed by Israel after ceasefire extended by two days

Hamas released a fourth group of hostages on Monday in exchange for a group of Palestinian prisoners as part of a temporary ceasefire between the militant group and Israel. The Palestinian militant group has freed 11 hostages in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of hostages released so far to 69.

In exchange, 33 Palestinians were released from Israel’s Ofer prison in the West Bank and a detention center in Jerusalem, bringing the total number of Palestinians freed since Friday to 150, according to a Reuters report.

According to the service, they were released from prisons in Damon, Megiddo, Ofer, Katziyot, Ramon and Naffa, CNN reports.

The Israeli Health Ministry said 11 hostages released by Hamas were taken to Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel’s largest acute care facility, CNN reported.

Also read: Hamas confirms ceasefire agreement with Israel for hostages, extended for 2 days

Among the 11 hostages, there were nine children and two women.

Before the release of the hostages, the Israeli Health Ministry said that medical teams and other professionals were deployed to the hospital to provide any medical or psychological care.

“We want to remind you that these are sensitive moments for the freed hostages and their families and we want to maintain their privacy,” the statement said. For tomorrow.”

Hostages and prisoners from both sides are being released under the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, which has been extended for two more days as the original agreement was due to expire on Monday.

Also read: Israel gives Hamas ‘option’ to extend ceasefire, demands release of 50 more hostages

“We have a two-day extension,” Qatar’s UN Ambassador Aliya Ahmed Saif al-Thani told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council. She said both sides needed more people. To be released. “This is a very positive step.”

Since the beginning of the ceasefire, Hamas and Israel have released their hostages and prisoners. Of the 69 hostages freed by Hamas, 51 were Israelis and 18 were foreigners.

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