Hamas released 25 hostages from the Gaza Strip - ForumDaily
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Hamas frees 25 hostages from Gaza Strip

A group of Israeli and Thai hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip since October 7 have been released as part of a deal struck between Israel and the militants. Writes about this CNN.

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The original group of 13 Israeli hostages have been released, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Thai Prime Minister Settha Thaweesin said 12 Thai citizens had also been released.

On Friday, November 24, Israel is due to release 39 Palestinian prisoners.

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The Israeli group was the first to be released under a deal between the two sides brokered by Qatar that was finalized after weeks of intense negotiations and took several days.

The agreement, accompanied by a four-day truce between Hamas and Israel, marked the first major diplomatic breakthrough in the conflict.

The freed hostages are expected to enter Egypt through the Rafah crossing and then return to Israeli territory, where they will likely be taken to local hospitals.

The simultaneous cessation of hostilities began at 07:00 local time on November 24. This is the first sustained break in fighting after nearly seven weeks of conflict.

Pressure on the Israeli government from hostage families demanding answers and action from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been building for weeks.

International organizations are calling for increased humanitarian assistance to the population of Gaza. The truce is expected to provide respite for residents of the enclave, who have endured weeks of shelling. According to Hamas authorities, the death toll since October 7 has reached 14.

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Israel declared war on Hamas after a bloody terrorist attack carried out by militants on October 7 in the country, which killed more than 1200 people. It was the largest attack on Israel since the country's founding in 1948.

According to the Israeli military, militants held more than 200 people in Gaza that day, captured as a result of mass kidnappings.

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