Jerusalem — Israel’s military continued pummeling the Gaza Strip on Thursday after a four-day cease-fire intended to see the militant group Hamas free dozens of Israeli hostages in exchange for the release of some 150 Palestinian prisoners was delayed at least until Friday. About 10 U.S. citizens remain unaccounted for after Hamas’ brutal Oct. 7 terror attack, and some of them are thought to be hostages, including 3-year-old Abigail Mor Edan.
With Israeli-American families such as Abigail’s hoping on Thanksgiving that their loved ones might soon be free, the government of Qatar — which helped broker the hostage deal — said the pause in fighting will begin on Friday at 7 a.m. local time (midnight EST), and the first batch of 13 hostages will be released at 4 p.m. — all of them women and children. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office confirmed to CBS News that it’s received a preliminary list of names.

Under the agreement reached in Qatar this week, at least 50 hostages, many of them children, will be released, in return for at least 150 Palestinian prisoners, and a four-day temporary cease-fire. Hundreds of trucks carrying desperately needed aid, including cooking oil and fuel, will cross into the Gaza Strip.

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