Hamas will release 13 Israelis and seven foreigners in exchange for 7 Palestinians after hours of setbacks, mediators from Qatar and Egypt say.
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Qatari and Egyptian officials have helped break the impasse that has delayed the next hostage release as part of a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel, a Qatari foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
Hamas postpones second round of hostage release
Thirteen Israeli hostages and seven foreigners will be released from custody by Hamas in Gaza, Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid al-Ansari said. In return, 39 Palestinian women and minors will be released from Israeli prisons.
Qatar plays a key mediation role in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist militant group. On Saturday night, Hamas announced that the release of the second group of hostages was postponed because Israel violated the terms of the Qatar-brokered agreement.
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