More Hostages set to be freed as Hamas and Israel Hope for Longer Truce
Hamas says it is seeking to extend the current four-day pause in fighting with Israel and increase the number of hostages released.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was open to extending the deal but also stressed that, after the temporary ceasefire, Israel would resume its offensive with the goal of “eliminating Hamas”.
Meanwhile, more Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners are due to be released today, on the final day of the current truce period.
On Sunday, 14 Israeli hostages and three foreign nationals were released by Hamas in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners.
Thousands of people lined the streets near the hetaerism military base in southern Israel to welcome Israeli hostages freed from Gaza.
Gazans have been using the pause in fighting to get desperately needed supplies of fuel, food, and medicine.
Hamas’s attacks on 7 October killed 1,200 people, with about 240 taken hostage
Since then, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says more than 14,500 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliatory campaign