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Hostage Releases Continue in Gaza as Ceasefire Enters Day Two

More hostages are set to be freed from Gaza today as the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas moves into its second day.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated they’ve received a list from Hamas regarding the hostages to be released on Saturday, but the specific number and identities haven’t been disclosed.

This development follows the release of 24 hostages from Gaza through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Friday, marking the commencement of a four-day ceasefire.

About 50 women and children, held by Hamas, are expected to be liberated during this ceasefire, projected to last until Monday.

The agreement, brokered by Qatar, involves Israel releasing 39 Palestinian individuals—women, teenagers, and children—previously detained for various charges, ranging from stone-throwing to attempted murder.

Israel is anticipated to free 150 Palestinian prisoners throughout the four-day truce.

After the hostages’ release on Friday, President Joe Biden expressed optimism, calling it a starting point and noting, “So far, it’s gone well.”

He further stated during a news conference, “We anticipate the release of more hostages tomorrow,” while also expressing the potential for extending the ceasefire, saying, “I think the chances are real.”

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