Israel-Hamas war: 6 additional Israeli hostages released

SOUTHERN ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 30: IDF soldiers walk near military vehicles near the border of Gaza on November 30, 2023 in Southern Israel. Israel and Hamas agreed to a further extension to a truce that has lasted nearly a week, which promised the release of more Israeli hostages held in Gaza, as well as the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. (Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Six additional Israeli hostages held by Hamas were released on Thursday, the Israeli military reported, according to CNN.

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The additional hostages were taken to Egypt by the Red Cross hours after two other hostages were turned over to Israel separately, according to The Associated Press. The two have since returned to Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office said, according to CNN.

The six hostages released are:

  • Sapir Cohen, 29
  • Shani Goren, 29
  • Nili Margalit, 41
  • Ilana Gritzewsky, 30
  • Bilal Alziadana, 18
  • Aisha Alziadana, 17

The hostage release Thursday marked the seventh straight night hostages were released under the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. The cease-fire agreement is expected to expire early Friday but mediators are working to extend the deadline.

According to the AP, Israel is expected to free 30 Palestinian prisoners Thursday night.

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