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Israel-Hamas War Updates: 24 Hostage Releases Mark Temporary Halt after Weeks of Conflict

Israel-Hamas War Updates 24 Hostage Releases Mark Temporary Halt after Weeks of Conflict
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The release of the first groups of Israelis and Palestinians marks the end of seven weeks in captivity for 24 hostages abducted last month. It heralds the initiation of a four-day truce brokered by Israel and Hamas. The breakthrough follows weeks of intense negotiations, bringing a temporary halt to the fighting. Go through the article to know more about the Israel Hamas war updates.

About the Release

On 25th November 2023, 13 Israeli mothers and children, along with 10 Thai nationals and one Filipino, were released. This exchange was made in return for 39 Palestinians who had been held in Israeli prisons. Among the Palestinians released were 24 women, some convicted of attempted murder for attacks on Israeli forces, and 15 teenagers who had been jailed for offences like throwing stones.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) verified that on Friday, 13 Israeli hostages safely returned to Israel, where they underwent initial medical evaluations.

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, which played a crucial role in making the deal happen, confirmed that Palestinian prisoners released as part of the agreement were on their way to the West Bank. As per the latest Israel Hamas war updates, the Red Cross helped move these detainees from Gaza to the Rafah border with Egypt, announcing the liberation of 24 hostages on Friday. 10 Thai citizens and 1 Filipino citizen were also successfully freed in a separate arrangement.

 24 Hostage Releases

Figure 1: On Friday (November 24th, 2023), a helicopter transporting hostages freed by Hamas touched down at Schneider Children’s Medical Centre in Petah Tikva, Israel

On Friday (November 24th, 2023), a helicopter transporting hostages freed by Hamas touched down at Schneider Children’s Medical Centre in Petah Tikva, Israel

Figure 2: The hostages freed by Hamas being transported in an ambulance on their way to Israel on November 24th, 2023

Expected Releases

This is not the end. According to the Israel Hamas war updates, following the initial release of hostages, more are expected on the second day as part of the Qatar-brokered deal between Israel and Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office received a new list of names, with the agreement stipulating the exchange of 50 Israeli hostages for 150 jailed Palestinians. Notably, foreign hostages were not included in this count. As the truce held, a convoy of ambulances transported the hostages from Gaza through Egypt’s Rafah crossing. As per the Israel Hamas conflict live updates, Israeli government spokesperson Eylon Levy acknowledged the grim reality for some, stating, “Many of them, of course, their families were murdered on October 7.” The commitment remains to free all hostages, with 215 still inside Gaza. 


This ceasefire brings relief following a bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas. Over 13,300 Palestinians lost their lives in the conflict, as reported by the Hamas Health Ministry. On the Israeli side, approximately 1,200 individuals were killed, with the majority of casualties occurring during Hamas’ initial attack on October 7th. So, the truce was a much-needed one. 


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