DUBAI, November 28. /TASS/. Israeli authorities have released three Palestinian women and 30 children within the framework of a hostage release agreement with Hamas, the Al Jazeera TV channel reported.
According to it, "the occupation [Israeli] authorities released 30 children and three Palestinian women from among those held in Israeli prisons" within the framework of the fourth stage of the prisoner exchange deal.
The channel also said that a busload of Palestinian prisoners, accompanied by Red Cross medical teams, left Ofer prison and arrived in Ramallah in the West Bank. Al Jazeera pointed out that "at least one of those released was in need of medical attention."
On November 22, the radical Palestinian movement Hamas announced that, with the help of Egypt and Qatar, it had reached a four-day agreement with Israel on a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The agreement calls for the release of 50 women, children, and teenagers under the age of 19 held in the enclave in exchange for 150 women, children, and teenagers under the age of 19 from Israeli prisons. The four-day ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel came into effect in Gaza on Friday at 7:00 a.m. local time (5:00 a.m. GMT); the first group of hostages was released on the same day. Initially, the agreement provided for the possibility of extending the ceasefire by one day for the release of each additional group of 10 hostages.
Israeli authorities have not yet officially confirmed their agreement to extend the four-day ceasefire, although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke positively about the possibility of such an extension the day before the ceasefire expired.