- A new group of 11 freed hostages is back in Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said Monday. All are Israelis, according to an IDF spokesperson.
- The release came after Qatar said an agreement had been reached to extend the Israel-Hamas truce in Gaza by two additional days. Under the agreement, Hamas will release 10 hostages each day, according to an Israeli senior adviser.
- The four-day truce, which was slated to end on Tuesday, marked the first major diplomatic breakthrough in the conflict, bringing temporary respite to the besieged enclave and allowing the release of some hostages.
- Over the first three days, Hamas released 58 hostages, primarily women and children. Israel freed 117 Palestinians from prison, mainly women and minors, many of them who were detained but never charged.
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The 11 released Israeli hostages are back in Israeli territory and are being accompanied by the Israeli Defense Forces, the IDF said in a statement.
After the hostages undergo an initial medical assessment of their health, the Israeli forces will accompany them until they are reunited with their families, the IDF said.
The hostages crossed into Israel from Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel, the IDF said.