39 Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel under truce agreement

Hamas handed over 13 Israelis, three Thai nationals and a person with Russian citizenship in its third batch of hostages

By AFP

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Palestinian Mohammed Al-Awar (L), former prisoner released from an Israeli jail in exchange for hostages freed by Hamas in Gaza, kisses his father's forehead upon return to his home in east Jerusalem, on November 26, 2023. AFP
Palestinian Mohammed Al-Awar (L), former prisoner released from an Israeli jail in exchange for hostages freed by Hamas in Gaza, kisses his father's forehead upon return to his home in east Jerusalem, on November 26, 2023. AFP

Published: Sun 26 Nov 2023, 10:12 PM

Last updated: Sun 26 Nov 2023, 11:44 PM

Israel's prison service said 39 Palestinian detainees were released on Sunday under the terms of a truce agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The announcement came after 13 Israeli hostages were freed in the Palestinian territory under the deal, along with three Thais and a Russian-Israeli dual citizen.

The four-day truce is the first halt in fighting in the seven weeks since Hamas killed 1,200 people and took about 240 hostages back into Gaza.

Israel bombarded the enclave, mounting a ground offensive in the north. Some 14,800 Palestinians have been brutally killed, and hundreds of thousands displaced.

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