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Israeli officials did not immediately confirm the information. But Israel has offered, in a cabinet statement, to extend the pause by one day for every additional 10 hostages handed over by Hamas.

A deal reached today by Israel and Hamas to release 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian prisoners will be repeated later this month, a Palestinian official told Reuters.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said this would mean the release of a total of 100 of the roughly 240 people Hamas arrested during its bloody attack on southern Israel on October 7.

In exchange, Israel will release a total of 300 Palestinian prisoners in two exchanges — a number that matches the list of female and teenage male prisoners it released today as candidates.

As part of the current deal, which is expected to begin implementation on Thursday, Israel will pause its nearly seven-week war on Gaza to allow for the staggered recovery of the 50 hostages – all women or children – and the entry of aid to the Palestinians.

“The second team will follow the first team. It will take four or five days to organize this and it will involve 50 Israelis (hostages) in exchange for 150 Palestinians (prisoners),” the Palestinian official said. He said that the prisoners will include the elderly, women and children and the conditions will be the same.

Israeli officials did not immediately confirm this information. But Israel has offered, in a cabinet statement, to extend the pause by one day for every additional 10 hostages handed over by Hamas.

Erdogan wants Turkey as a guarantor country

Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated that his country could assume the responsibilities of a guarantor country in Palestine.

“As Turkey, we are ready to take responsibility together with other countries in the new security architecture that will be created, including being a guarantor country,” said the Turkish president, addressing the G20 leaders via video conference today, Wednesday.

The tragedy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially in Gaza, has now exceeded the limits of human tolerance, he said and accused the Israelis of “losing control to the point of threatening to use nuclear bombs, the existence of which they have always denied until today.”

None of these facts, he argued, can be explained by the right to self-defense. “A war crime is clearly being committed here,” he stressed.

Source: ertnews.gr

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