FThis Saturday, the second group of Hamas hostages was released, including two sisters with links to Portugal. In return, Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners.

Initially, the release of 13 Israeli hostages and seven foreigners had been announced, in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners. However, after several hours of delay, 13 Israeli hostages were released, plus four Thais.

Among those released from Israeli prisons are “33 children and six women”, while the Israeli prisoners released by Hamas are eight children and five women, in addition to the four foreigners.

Among the Israeli hostages who returned to Israel today are the sisters Alma Or, aged 13, and Noam Or, aged 17, daughters of Dror Or, a Portuguese national, who remains in captivity. The Israeli Community of Porto confirmed to the News by the Minute the release of young women, who do not have Portuguese nationality, since they are minors and Sephardic legislation only covers those of legal age.

It should be noted that Dror Or was captured by Hamas along with his daughters, after his wife was murdered

In addition to the Or sisters, Hila Rotem, 14, whose mother also remains hostage, Emily Hand, 8, Sharon Avigdori, 52, and her daughter Noam, 12, Shoshan Haran, 67, were also freed. , Shiri Weiss, 53 years old, and her daughter, Noga Weiss, 18 years old, Maya Regev, 21 years old, Adi Shoham, 38 years old, and their children Yahel, 3 years old, and Naveh, 8 years old. Adi also remains in captivity.

It is recalled that Hamas postponed the delivery of a second batch of hostages and accused Israel of violating the terms of the agreement they reached regarding the entry of humanitarian aid and the release of high-ranking Palestinian prisoners.

After several hours of silence following Hamas’ announcement, the Israeli government reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu carried out this afternoon “an assessment of the situation with all security elements to verify whether the second phase is proceeding as planned.”

According to Hebrew media, Israel threatened the Islamist group to resume its military offensive in Gaza if it did not release the second group of prisoners by midnight.

The parties agreed this week, with mediation from Egypt, Qatar and the US, to exchange 50 Israeli hostages for 150 Palestinian prisoners during a four-day truce and to allow 200 humanitarian aid trucks to enter the Gaza Strip per day. .

The Islamist group lamented that the aid that arrived in the north of the Gaza Strip was “much lower than agreed”, accused Israel of not having met the seniority criterion when releasing 39 prisoners yesterday; and having violated the truce by shooting dead two Gazans who were trying to visit their homes in the north of the enclave during a lull in the fighting.

On October 7, fighters from the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) – in power in the Gaza Strip since 2007 and classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel – carried out an attack on Israeli territory of unprecedented dimensions since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, leaving 1,200 dead, mostly civilians, around 5,000 injured and more than 200 hostages.

In retaliation, Israel declared a war to “eradicate” Hamas, which began with cuts to food, water, electricity and fuel supplies in the Gaza Strip and daily bombings, followed by a ground offensive that surrounded Gaza City.

The war between Israel and Hamas has so far left more than 14,000 dead in the Gaza Strip, mostly civilians, and more than 30,000 injured, according to the most recent report from local authorities.

According to the United Nations, the war has already displaced 1.7 million people in Gaza.

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