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Hamas expected to hand over 10 hostages, three bodies

Previous statements by the two sides had said only eight hostages and three bodies would be returned on Thursday.

Relatives of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza since the Oct. 7 massacre hold a press conference in Tel Aviv, Nov. 29, 2023. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.
Relatives of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza since the Oct. 7 massacre hold a press conference in Tel Aviv, Nov. 29, 2023. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

The hostage release list received by the Israeli government for Thursday includes 10 women and children, including two dual-citizen Russian nationals.

The terrorist group will also reportedly release the bodies of three hostages.

Previous statements by the two sides had said only eight hostages and three bodies would be returned on Thursday.

The news comes after Hamas on Wednesday freed two additional Israeli women with Russian citizenship in a “gesture” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Overnight Wednesday, Hamas initially released a list of just seven live hostages and three bodies. Israel threatened to renew the fighting in Gaza unless a revised list was received by 7 a.m. on Thursday.

A revised list was submitted 20 minutes before the deadline.

The Israel Defense Forces tweeted at 6:43 a.m. that the ceasefire would continue.

The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Israel’s receipt of the revised list, and the hostages’ families have been notified.

The ceasefire arrangement between Israel and Hamas, under which 73 Israelis have already been released by the terror group, was extended until Friday, Qatar’s foreign ministry announced on Thursday morning.

“Palestinian and Israeli sides have reached an agreement to extend the humanitarian pause in the Gaza Strip for an additional day under the existing conditions, which are a cessation of all military activities and the entry of humanitarian aid to Gaza,” according to a statement by Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed Al-Ansari.

An Israeli official told Ynet that the overnight negotiations were “very difficult and nerve-wracking.”

“There was a fight for every name. We are entering very difficult times. Hamas will try to manipulate, intimidate and spread disinformation. We were one step away from canceling the deal,” the official said.

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