- A second group of hostages released from Gaza — comprising 13 Israelis and four Thai nationals — arrived in Israel late Saturday, according to Israeli officials and a CNN team on the ground. Around the same time, 39 Palestinian detainees and prisoners were released from Israeli jails, authorities said.
- Hamas had delayed the second exchange over a dispute about the prisoners and aid for Gaza that was resolved through mediation, according to Qatar, which helped negotiate the 4-day truce and exchange agreement between the two sides.
- There were emotional scenes Friday as the first wave of Israeli hostages were reunited with their families. On the West Bank, there also was jubilation as Palestinian prisoners returned home.
- Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it is still detaining the director of Gaza’s largest hospital. Israel accuses Hamas of using Al-Shifa Hospital for combat and command purposes, which Hamas and hospital officials deny.
- Here’s how to help humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza.
Qatar hopes to extend truce beyond four days, Qatari foreign ministry spokesperson says
Qatar is hoping to extend the truce between Israel and Hamas beyond the agreed upon four days, Qatari Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari told CNN Saturday.
“What we are hoping for is that the momentum that has carried from the releases of these two days and from this agreement of four days will allow us to extend the truce beyond these four days and therefore get into more serious discussions about the rest of the hostages,” Al-Ansari said.
Al-Ansari said he continues to work with senior officials in Qatar to address concerns from either side of the conflict regarding the implementation of the hostage deal.
“Within this kind of mediation, you’re always going to find both sides saying that the other side did not abide by the agreement,” Al-Ansari said.
Al-Ansari added that he could not confirm if any Americans would be released on the third day of the truce.
“The lists are delivered on a daily basis. We are now expecting the list for the third day. Sadly, we can’t know who is going to be on that list beforehand,” he said.
The ministry spokesperson also said Qatar is working with partners in Egypt, the United States, and both parties of the conflict to ensure the agreed amount of aid trucks are allowed into Gaza.
“There are a lot of moving parts on the ground when it comes to humanitarian aid there which we need to work through,” he said.
Al-Ansari responded to the head of the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs who accused Israel of not abiding by the agreement to release prisoners in order of length of time served.
“We are now hopeful with the third day of this pause we will be able to hash out all of the details that made this day so difficult,” he said.
Some context: A second group of hostages released from Gaza — comprising 13 Israelis and four Thai nationals — arrived in Israel late Saturday, according to Israeli officials and a CNN team on the ground. Hamas had delayed the second exchange over a dispute about the prisoners and aid for Gaza that was resolved through mediation, according to Qatar.