ISRAEL, HAMAS AGREE CEASEFIRE TO RELEASE OF GAZA HOSTAGES
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on November 22, 2023
Israel’s government and Hamas agreed today to a four-day pause in fighting to allow the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, and the entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave.
Hamas is believed to be holding more than 200 hostages, taken when its fighters surged into Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people, according to Israeli tallies.
A statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said 50 women and children will be released over four days, during which there will be a pause in fighting.