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Published Nov 22, 2023 at 12:31 PM IST

Hamas to release 50 Israeli hostages in truce deal

Israel’s Cabinet has approved a ceasefire deal with the Hamas militant group that would bring a temporary halt to a devastating war that has stretched on for over six weeks. Under the deal, Hamas is to free 50 of the roughly 240 hostages it is holding in the Gaza Strip over a four-day period, the Israeli government said Wednesday. It said it would extend the lull by an additional day for every 10 hostages released. Ahead of Wednesday morning’s Cabinet vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would resume its offensive against Hamas after the ceasefire expires. It was not immediately clear when the truce would go into effect. The government said the first hostages to be released would be women and children.

Published November 22nd, 2023 at 12:31 IST

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