What we know

  • Israel has received a list from Hamas of the hostages set to be released today, according to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Yesterday, 13 Israelis and four Thai citizens were released after an hourslong delay, bringing the total to 26 Israelis, of the 50 expected to be freed from Gaza. Fifteen Thai and Filipino citizens have also been released as part of a separate deal with Hamas.
  • Thirty-nine Palestinian prisoners held by Israel were released from three prisons yesterday as part of the hostage-prisoner swap that is expected to total 150 by the end of the four-day truce.
  • The U.S. is hopeful that Americans will be released in the coming days, including Abigail Mor Idan, an American girl taken on Oct. 7, who turned four in captivity.
  • The Israeli military has urged civilians who fled to southern Gaza not to return home, and warned that it is preparing for the next phase of the war once the pause ends.
  • A flow of aid trucks continue to enter Gaza under protection of the cease-fire, including much-needed fuel. The humanitarian aid brings relief for civilians who have been suffering for weeks as supplies of food, water and medicine ran low.
  • More than 1.7 million people have been displaced in Gaza, where health officials say the death toll has surpassed 14,500 after weeks of Israeli attacks. The Israel Defense Forces estimate 1,200 people were killed in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, with more than 200 people held hostage in Gaza.
  • NBC News’ Keir Simmons, Raf Sanchez, Ali Arouzi, Erin McLaughlin and David Noriega are reporting from the region.

U.N. says the devastation in Gaza is ‘similar to the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria’

People in northern Gaza and Gaza City are “experiencing famine,” Adnan Abu Hasna, media adviser for the U.N. agency for Palestinian relief, told Al Jazeera today. “Intestinal and skin diseases are more widespread than before.”

The agency needed 120 tons of fuel per day to start basic facilities, Abu Hasna said, adding that 200 humanitarian aid trucks needed to enter every day for two consecutive months.

He added that this need exceeded the Rafah border crossing’s capacity of 130 trucks and an additional crossing would need to be opened to deliver enough fuel and relief goods.

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