Hamas handed over two Israeli captives to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at Palestine Square in central Gaza city on Thursday, Al Qahera news channel reported.
“The Creation of a Palestinian state is the only viable manner in which to end the conflict, a state on the borders of 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital living in peace and security side by side with the state of Israel. The Arab Initiative of 2002 was clear in strategic initiative with the Arab states to create peace and create normalization on the basis of the craton of the state of Palestine. We still are strongly advocating this and working for it,” he added.
Rashwan said that the exchange of detainees and prisoners will be carried out in the coming hours, including 11 Israeli detainees in the Gaza Strip, in exchange for the release of 33 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
Diaa Rashwan, the head of the State Information Service, announced previously that the Egyptian-Qatari brokered truce between Hamas and Israel is likely to be extended for additional two days.
The extended truce includes a daily release of 10 detainees in Gaza, women and children, in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, making the total of those released in the two days of the extended truce, 20 Israelis versus 60 Palestinians.
Israeli media reports said, Monday that the prevailing opinions in Israel are leaning towards extending the truce agreement.
Chairman of the State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan indicated Sunday the details of the third day of the truce that began Friday between Hamas and Israel.
More captives are expected to be released Saturday as Gaza humanitarian truce enters its second day.
“Egypt was keen to fulfill its responsibility towards the Palestinian brothers,” said the President, adding “We seek to deliver the largest amounts of humanitarian aid to relieve the suffering of more than 2 million Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. He affirmed that most of the humanitarian aid to the Palestinians is provided by Egypt.
Thirteen Palestinian prisoners (women and minors under the age of 19) will be released on the first day of the 4-day truce at 4:00 p.m., while Hamas will release 13 Israeli female and minor captives.
He added that Egypt, Qatar, and the United States are conducting talks and communications to quickly begin the 4-day truce between Hamas and Israel, noting that time to make the truce come into force will be determined within the coming hours.
The United States president Joe Biden welcomed on Wednesday the Israel-Hamas deal to reach a truce and release hostages.
Sources told Al Qahera News channel on Tuesday that Egypt is continuing Its intensive efforts and communications in coordination with the United States and Qatar reach a truce agreement in Gaza.
Haniyeh added that Hamas has delivered its response to the mediators, Egypt and Qatar, and is close to finalizing a truce agreement with Israel, the Cairo News Channel reported.
Hamas announced on Saturday evening that its communication with certain squads responsible for guarding Israeli prisoners has been severed due to Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
During Egyptian-Qatari mediation negotiates, Israel has agreed to a one-day truce on the condition that it should be under international supervision, sources said, Friday.
After Israel questioned and doubted the announced number of Palestinians killed during the war; The Palestinian Ministry of Health said it will publish a list the includes full names of 7000 civilians who killed by Israel between the period of 7th to 26th of October.
Head of Hamas' political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian stance whether from presidency, government or people.
Well-informed sources have reported intensified coordination between Egypt and Qatar to ensure the release of the captives taken by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken said that his country will continue to coordinate with Egypt and other partners in the region to deliver Humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.