In exchange, the Israeli government released 300 children and female prisoners it was holding. Hamas also stated that the cessation of fighting will be accompanied by a complete suspension of Israeli flights over Gaza, except for the northern area – where Israel will limit flight operations to 6 hours per day.
Ynet news site quoted a Hamas announcement adding that 300 trucks carrying food, medical aid and fuel will be allowed into all areas of the Gaza Strip. Hamas also released Israeli hostages in batches, releasing 10 people a day.
Channel 12 previously reported that Hamas has asked Israel to commit not to use drones during the ceasefire to monitor what Hamas plans to do and where they move hostages.
Currently, Israel has not officially responded to negotiation efforts to ensure the release of the 240 hostages held by Hamas. According to Times of Israel, most of the hostages are civilians, some of whom are children and the elderly.
Israeli authorities said that Hamas gunmen killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, in a raid in the south of the country on October 7. This was the deadliest attack in Israeli history.
In response, Israel launched a military campaign to overthrow Hamas in the Gaza Strip and free the hostages. Israel has launched air, sea and land attacks on Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
Israeli minister opposes hostage agreement, 250 Hamas targets attackedIsraeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir has publicly spoken out against the hostage exchange agreement with the Islamic Movement Hamas.