Israel expects more hostages to be freed

Foreign DeskĀ 

Hamas was expected to release a second group of Israelis as a planned four-day truce to allow an exchange of 50 hostages for Palestinian prisoners held in the Gaza Strip holds. Egyptian security sources said they received the names of 14 Israeli women and children from Hamas and were waiting to learn when the hostages would be handed over to Egyptian authorities. Reuters spoke with families whose relatives came home – as well as those who still wait.

Hostages abducted by Hamas gunmen are handed over to the International Red Cross. Hamas Military Wing/Handout via REUTERS

Moving north: Many Palestinians emerged from makeshift shelters at the start of the ceasefire to begin the journey back to their homes, despite Israel dropping leaflets warning them not to return to an area it described as still being a dangerous war zone.



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