DOHA: A truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza will start tomorrow at 7am local time (1pm in Malaysia), with the first batch of hostages to be released at 4pm, a spokesman for Qatar’s foreign ministry said today.
The truce will include a comprehensive ceasefire in both the north and south of the Gaza Strip, Majed Al-Ansari told reporters in Doha, adding that Palestinians would also be released from Israeli jails as part of the deal.
The lists of civilians to be released from Gaza had been agreed, Al-Ansari said.
The first pause in the seven-week-old war is meant to be accompanied by the release of 50 women and children hostages captured by armed men who raided Israel on Oct 7, in exchange for 150 Palestinian detainees from Israeli jails.
Israel has said the truce could last beyond the initial four days, as long as Hamas frees at least 10 hostages per day.
Al-Ansari said Qatar hoped to negotiate a subsequent agreement to release additional hostages from Gaza by the fourth day of the truce.