Jerusalem / Said Amory / Anatolia
The Israeli military announced on Saturday that the Red Cross had informed them that a second batch of Israeli prisoners would be headed to the Rafah crossing in the Gaza Strip.
The army said the prisoners were on their way to the Rafah crossing in the Gaza Strip, according to information provided by the Red Cross.
He pointed out that according to the information he was given, “17 prisoners were transferred, 13 Israelis and four Thais”.
“The convoy of prisoners returning to Israel will pass through the Egyptian side to the meeting point in the Kerem Shalom area,” he explained.
The army confirmed that representatives of the security apparatus “will check the list at the rendezvous point of released prisoners returning to Israel”.
Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, announced on Saturday evening that it had handed over 13 Israeli prisoners and 4 foreigners to the Red Cross.
On Friday, a temporary humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian factions came into effect at 07:00 local time (05:00 GMT) and will last for 4 days, subject to extension.
The temporary humanitarian ceasefire agreement included the release of 50 Israeli prisoners from Gaza, the release of 150 Palestinians from Israeli prisons, and the entry of hundreds of trucks loaded with humanitarian, relief, medical and fuel aid into all parts of the Strip. .
The release of the second batch of prisoners on Saturday faced some obstacles as the Al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas movement’s military wing, decided to delay the release of the second batch of prisoners until “the occupation regulations are observed” due to the failure to adhere to the agreement regarding the entry of relief trucks into the northern Gaza Strip and agreed standards for the release of prisoners.
However, Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid al-Ansari later announced that the blockade had been overcome through Qatari-Egyptian contacts with the Palestinian and Israeli sides and that prisoners on both sides would be released tonight.
On Friday, Israeli authorities released 39 Palestinians, 24 women and 15 children, as part of an exchange deal with Hamas that was concluded through Qatari-Egyptian-US mediation.
In return, Hamas released 13 Israeli women and children, some of whom hold dual citizenship, and 10 Thais and one Filipino, who had been detained in Gaza since October 7.
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