The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), announced on Tuesday that it was about to release 12 detainees of foreign nationalities several days ago, but the occupation authorities obstructed this.

In a statement, the Qassam Brigades renewed its readiness to release them, noting that the situation on the ground as a result of the continued Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip threatens the lives of prisoners and hinders the completion of their release.

Al-Qassam announced on Sunday that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza caused the loss of more than 60 Israeli prisoners in the Strip since October 7 until now, adding that 23 of them are still under the rubble.

Al-Qassam had announced that it was holding 200 prisoners of about 250 Israelis in total captured by the Palestinian resistance factions in the Al-Aqsa flood operation, including high-ranking military personnel.

It announced that it was ready to release prisoners in exchange for the release of all Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that there would be no ceasefire in Gaza without the return of their "abductees" from the Strip.

Criticism of Biden

Families of detainees in Gaza have criticized US President Joe Biden, saying he has repeatedly shown that he does not care about the interests of detained Americans.

"We do not see any strategy that the Biden administration has to work to release American detainees in Gaza," the families said during a press conference on Tuesday.