| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

Israel receives 2nd list of hostages to be released by Hamas

Late Friday, Israel confirmed the reception of a second list of hostages slated for release on Saturday by Hamas
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Office said the list was reviewed by authorities and families of the hostages were notified.

According to Israeli Channel 12, 13 hostages will be freed Saturday.

Israel and Hamas swapped 24 Israelis and foreigners for 39 Palestinians from Israeli jails Friday, on the first day of a four-day humanitarian pause.

Under the Israel-Hamas deal, the hostages will be released in batches during the four days.

Israel estimates that at least 239 Israelis are being held by Hamas following a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group on Oct. 7.

Israel launched a massive military campaign against the Gaza Strip following the attack, killing at least 14,854 Palestinians, including 6,150 children and over 4,000 women, according to health authorities in the enclave.

The official Israeli death toll stands at 1,200.

  • Anadolu Agency