The official said the Qatari operations team also coordinated with Israeli officials to ensure that the truce continues and that detainees are released unhindered.
Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid al-Ansari said Qatari and Egyptian officials had helped overcome obstacles that delayed the release of detainees as part of the truce deal between Hamas and Israel.
"After a delay in implementing the release of prisoners from both sides, obstacles were overcome through Qatari-Egyptian contacts with both sides, and 39 Palestinian civilians will be released tonight, while 13 Israeli detainees will leave Gaza in addition to seven foreigners outside the framework of the agreement," al-Ansari said.
On the other hand, Adrian Watson, a spokeswoman for the US National Security Council, said that President Joe Biden spoke with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, about
Obstacles to the exchange agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement
Following the call, which took place at 1:30 p.m. EDT, the White House was informed by the Qataris that the swap agreement was back on track and that the International Committee of the Red Cross was moving to receive the hostages.
Watson said Biden was briefed on the implementation of the swap agreement.
Hamas has decided to delay the release of the second batch of hostages until Israel complies with the truce agreement and allows aid trucks to enter northern Gaza.
Hamas later said it had responded to efforts led by Qatar and Egypt to ensure the continuation of the interim truce agreement between the group and Israel, which began on Friday, expressing appreciation for those efforts.
It said in a statement that the movement responded to the appreciated Egyptian-Qatari efforts that moved throughout the day (Saturday) to ensure the continuation of the interim truce agreement after they conveyed Israel's commitment to all the conditions stipulated in the agreement.