A Red Cross vehicle transports detainees released by the Qassam Brigades in Gaza (Reuters)
The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), handed over on Wednesday evening a new batch of Israelis detained in the Gaza Strip as part of the ongoing prisoner exchange operations for the sixth day of the truce on its last day amid efforts to extend it.
In return, Israel is supposed to release 30 Palestinian prisoners, 15 women and 15 children.
The Qassam Brigades broadcast photos showing a number of its fighters in a crowd of Palestinians during the handover of released detainees.
Islamic Jihad's military corps al-Quds Brigade said it had handed over a number of civilian detainees as part of a prisoner swap deal.
Israel's Channel 12 said the sixth batch of Israeli detainees included 5 children and 7 women.
Israeli media reported that those released in Gaza had been handed over to the International Red Cross.
Earlier today, the Qassam Brigades announced the death of an Israeli woman and her two children who were detained by them as a result of previous Israeli shelling of Gaza.
Hamas's military wing also announced that it had released two Russian detainees.
Before the release of the sixth batch of Israeli prisoners held in Gaza, Israeli government spokesman Elon Levy said 161 Israelis were still detained in the Strip.
Levy added that Israel had prepared a list of 50 Palestinian detainees for release if Hamas continued to release the detainees.
Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies