GAZA/PALASTINE – The Israel Prison Service (IPS) Tuesday night confirmed that 30 Palestinians had been released under the truce deal between it and Palestine militants, Hamas.
The Leadership news agency reported that the IPS stated all the prisoners were released from the Ofer prison in the West Bank and the Jerusalem Detention Center and that they included 30 men and women.
Qatar had earlier said the 30 included 15 women and 15 minors.
They join the 150 other Palestinians – mostly women and teenage boys – who had so far been released from Israeli jails since Friday as part of the truce.
They were chosen from an original list of 300 Palestinians compiled by Israel, accused of a range of offences, from throwing stones to incitement to attempted murder.
Less than a quarter of those on the list had allegedly been convicted, the vast majority were being held on remand while awaiting trial.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military said 12 more hostages released by Hamas had left Gaza and were now in the nation’s territory.
The office of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said the group comprised ten Israeli citizens and two Thais.
It was the fifth day of the truce between Israel and Hamas, after a 48-hour extension was agreed on Monday.
The United Nations had used the pause in fighting to get desperately-needed aid into Gaza, but said much more was needed.
Hamas crossed the border and killed 1,200 people in Israel on October 7, 2023 with about 240 taken hostage.
Since then, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said more than 14,500 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliatory attacks.
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