An Israeli source reported, on Tuesday, that Hamas handed over Israeli hostages to the International Committee of the Red Cross, on the fifth day of the truce.
The Israeli army spokesman said, “The detainees are on their way from Egypt to the Kerem Shalom crossing to meet our forces.”
The handover comes within the framework of the release of Israeli and foreign hostages held by Hamas since the October 7 attack, after reaching a truce, brokered by the United States, Egypt and Qatar.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, 30 Palestinian detainees are also expected to be released on Tuesday, in the fifth exchange between Israel and Hamas, including 15 women and 15 minors.
The truce between Israel and Hamas was supposed to end on Monday night, but it was agreed to extend it for two additional days, ending on Wednesday night.
It is also likely that the truce will be extended for an additional two days, ending on Friday night, according to what a Sky News Arabia correspondent quoted an informed Israeli source on Tuesday.
The temporary truce stipulates a ceasefire between the two parties, the exchange of Palestinian prisoners and hostages held by Hamas, and allowing more humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip.
Israel has repeatedly confirmed that fighting will resume after the end of the truce with Hamas, even if it is extended for temporary periods.