Israel reportedly agreed for hostages to be released through Egypt in nod to Cairo

Illustrative: Israeli security forces stand next to ambulances on stand-by at Tel Aviv's Schneider children's hospital on November 24, 2023. (FADEL SENNA / AFP)
Illustrative: Israeli security forces stand next to ambulances on stand-by at Tel Aviv's Schneider children's hospital on November 24, 2023. (FADEL SENNA / AFP)

Israel reportedly moved for the hostages to be released through Egypt after they were initially planned to be transferred directly into Israel from Gaza, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The decision was made in an effort to give Cairo an added boost of credit for its efforts in securing the release of the hostages.

Analysts speculate that Israel is going to want to boost the role of Egypt at the expense of Qatar once the war draws to a close over long-held fears that Doha operates duplicitously and is too close to Hamas and Iran.

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