There is irresistible happiness in the families of Israel following the release of more Israelis from captivity in Gaza.
These people who regained freedom today are in addition to the 13 others that were earlier released by Hamas a sequel to the deal reached between the two warring nations.
Israel and Hamas deal on Wednesday agreed to allow at least 50 hostages and scores of Palestinian prisoners to be freed while offering besieged Gaza residents a four-day truce after weeks of all-out war.
This is consequent to the first major diplomatic breakthrough in the war, Palestinian militants will release during a four-day truce 50 women and children kidnapped during their October 7 raids.
After weeks of Qatar-brokered negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet approved the truce accord Wednesday after a near-all-night meeting, in which he told ministers this was a “difficult decision but it’s a right decision”.
It’s on record that the cabinet’s sign-off was one of the last stumbling blocks after what one US official described as five “extremely excruciating” weeks of talks.
Hamas released a statement welcoming the “humanitarian truce” and said it would also see 150 Palestinians released from Israeli jails.
“The resistance is committed to the truce as long as the occupation honors it,” a Hamas official told AFP.
Below is the General number of people who regained freedom thus far including the first 13 captives released earlier: