Israel-Hamas Cease Fire To Begin Friday Morn

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A truce between Israel and Hamas will begin Friday at 7 a.m. local time (midnight ET), with 13 civilian hostages to be released by Hamas hours later, Qatar announced.

Qatar will receive a list with the names of hostages expected to be released by Hamas in a “day-by-day process,” Qatari foreign ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari said in a news conference Thursday.

Qatar will hand the names over to the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, which will in turn hand over a list of Palestinian prisoners expected to be released to the Qataris, he added.

The Israel-Hamas hostage deal will see the release of 50 women and children held captive in Gaza by the militant group, according to Qatar, which mediated negotiations between Israel and Hamas.

In return, Israel will grant a “humanitarian pause” in its assault of the enclave and release some Palestinian prisoners.


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