As time of scheduled hostage release nears, Israel says negotiations over list still ongoing

With the fate of today’s fourth Gaza hostage release still unknown, less than an hour before it is meant to happen, the Prime Minister’s Office says negotiations regarding the list of abductees to be freed today are still ongoing.

“We are aware of the tension experienced by the families, and we will add information when this becomes possible,” the statement says. “We request avoiding spreading rumors and unreliable information.”

Israel has widely been reported to take issue with the list of hostages to be freed today, the fourth and final group out of 50 Hamas has promised to let go during a four-day truce. The truce can be extended by a day for each 10 additional hostages released.

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