February 22, 2024

The Israel-Hamas deal for the freeing of 50 hostages in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian security prisoners will be repeated later this month, a Palestinian official told Reuters. The official said that a total of 100 of the around 240 people Hamas seized during its October 7 attack in southern Israel will be released in two exchanges. In return, Israel will free a total of 300 Palestinian prisoners, corresponding to a list of women and teenage male inmates it published on Wednesday as candidates. The deal is set to begin on Thursday, with Israel pausing its almost seven-week-old Gaza war to enable the recovery of the hostages and the entry of aid for Palestinians. The second deal will have the same conditions as the first, involving the release of 50 Israeli hostages in return for 150 Palestinian prisoners. Israeli officials did not immediately confirm this, but Israel has offered to extend the pause by a day for every additional 10 hostages handed over by Hamas.