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A hostage launch deal between Israel and Hamas will contain the return of fifty hostages, who’re among the many estimated 240 held captive by Hamas and presumably different teams in Gaza, in trade for the discharge of 150 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, plus a four-day pause in combating.

The settlement, introduced Wednesday, was the results of weeks of tense negotiations that concerned mediation by Qatar. The deliberate four-day pause would start at 7 a.m. native time Friday, with the primary group of hostages to be launched later within the day, Majed Al Ansari, a spokesperson for the Qatar International Ministry mentioned Thursday. He added that the pause was delayed by last-minute logistical points, together with the verification of the record of hostages set to be launched.

What’s Hamas, and why did it assault Israel now?

Right here’s what we all know concerning the launch of hostages from Gaza.

The primary group of hostages — 13 ladies and kids — can be transferred at 4 p.m. Friday, Qatar mentioned Thursday. A minimum of 50 hostages — ladies and kids — might be launched in the course of the four-day pause in combating, the Israeli authorities mentioned Wednesday.In flip, Israel will launch 150 Palestinian prisoners — ladies and kids aged 14 and over — or three for every hostage. The pause in combating could possibly be prolonged by a day for each further 10 hostages launched by Hamas from Gaza after the primary group of fifty.Three People — two ladies and a lady — are anticipated to be launched beneath the current settlement, a senior Biden administration official instructed The Washington Publish.The hostages are prone to be transferred to the Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross in small numbers, which might escort them to the Gaza border.In Israel, six hospitals have been readied to obtain the hostages with a particular pediatrics unit and psychological well being counselors. The hostages and their households might be housed in devoted services, and the hospitals can be barred from releasing data or images to the general public, the Israeli Ministry of Well being mentioned.

Who’re the Palestinian prisoners Israel is ready to launch?

Who’re the hostages being launched?

On Thursday, Israeli officers obtained the record of names of hostages who might be launched within the first batch on Friday, and has contacted their households, they mentioned.

The estimated 240 individuals held in Gaza are from a plurality of nations, many additionally with Israeli citizenship. Some 25 Thai staff had been amongst these taken, the Thai International Ministry mentioned. They’re hoped to be among the many first launched, it mentioned Nov. 2, after talks with Iran, Egypt and Qatar earlier than the hostage launch deal. Not all hostages are believed to be held by Hamas; smaller militant teams reminiscent of Palestinian Islamic Jihad are doubtlessly answerable for some.

After the preliminary captives trade is accomplished, there’ll nonetheless be about 190 remaining hostages in Gaza, although the deal leaves open the opportunity of additional exchanges. Israeli and U.S. officers consider there are at the very least one other 25, and maybe one other 50 or extra, ladies and kids among the many hostages, with the remaining together with male civilians, feminine Israeli troopers, and as much as a number of dozen male members of the Israel Protection Forces, The Publish reported Wednesday. Hamas has claimed that some hostages had been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza, however verifying that data has not been attainable.

Why are Israel and Hamas at warfare? A fundamental explainer.

Have been different hostages launched earlier?

4 hostages have been launched by Hamas because the starting of the warfare, in two batches of two a few month in the past.

On Oct. 20, People Judith Raanan, 59, and her daughter Natalie, 17, had been launched. Hamas mentioned that this was attributable to “humanitarian causes,” with out elaborating additional. They’d been staying with kin on the Nahal Oz, a kibbutz close to the border with Gaza, after they had been taken captive throughout Hamas’s unprecedented assault Oct. 7 that killed at the very least 1,200 in Israel. Greater than 13,300 individuals have been killed in Gaza because the begin of the warfare and 35,180 wounded, the Gaza Well being Ministry mentioned Thursday, including that the quantity didn’t embrace figures from two main hospitals.

On Oct. 23, Yocheved Lifshitz and Nurit Cooper, Israeli ladies of their 70s and 80s, had been launched, for “crushing humanitarian causes,” Hamas mentioned. Their husbands stay in captivity.

What number of American hostages are there?

A minimum of 9 People and one authorized everlasting resident are believed to be amongst these held in Gaza, The Publish reported beforehand. One is a 3-year-old youngster whose mother and father had been killed within the Oct. 7 assault.

Biden mentioned that People can be amongst these freed beneath the newly introduced deal. “As we speak’s deal ought to carry house further American hostages, and I cannot cease till they’re all launched,” he mentioned in his assertion Wednesday.

Steve Hendrix contributed to this report.

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