ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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War cabinet said set to meet, as tonight’s release of 10 Israeli hostages delayed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a meeting of the war cabinet in Tel Aviv on November 16, 2023. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a meeting of the war cabinet in Tel Aviv on November 16, 2023. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Israel’s war cabinet is set to meet shortly, Channel 12 reports, with ministers to discuss the issue of extending the current pause in fighting.

The current truce provides for 10 more Israeli hostages to be freed tonight. However, the release of the 10 has been delayed. Several Hebrew media outlets are citing unnamed Israeli sources saying that the delay is “technical,” but there is no official confirmation of this.

Israel is widely reported to have insisted that all women and children be released in the framework of the current deal, which provided for 50 Israelis to be freed in the first four days of the truce, and for an extra day’s pause for each additional 10 Israeli hostages freed.

Fifty hostages were indeed released Friday-Monday, and 10 more were freed last night.

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