The radical Palestinian group Hamas and Israel are expected to release more hostages and prisoners on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

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Wednesday is the last day of an extended six-day ceasefire in the Gaza conflict and attention is focused on whether the mediator Qatar can negotiate a new extension.

Another 12 hostages on Tuesday reached 81 since the start of the ceasefire. Among them were mainly Israeli women and children, as well as foreign citizens. The hostages range in age from 17 to 84.

Qatar continues to work to extend ceasefire in Gaza

After being handed over by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Israeli military said the hostages released on Tuesday, involving 10 Israeli women and two Thai nationals, had undergone initial medical examinations. They then moved to Israeli hospitals where they had to meet their families.

On Sunday, Hamas released 17 people, including a four-year-old girl with dual Israeli and U.S. citizenship.

In return, Israel released 117 Palestinians, mostly women and juvenile prisoners. The total number of Palestinians released under the ceasefire has risen to 180.

Along with the exchange, Israeli television reported that a new agreement between Israel and Hamas was being discussed under which all hostages held in Gaza, including military ones, would be released. The 11th channel said representatives of Qatari intelligence were involved in the agreement.

Qatar currently hosts CIA Director William Burns, Mossad Chief David Barnea and Egypt's Director of Intelligence Abbas Kamel.

Israel in exchange for the hostages could reportedly commit to freeing Hamas fighters from its prisons and abiding by the ceasefire for an extended period of time. So far, Israel has exclusively released Palestinian minors and women.

Separately on Tuesday, the G7 foreign ministers called in a joint statement for an extension of the ceasefire and more humanitarian aid, said.

About 160 hostages remain in Gaza. The White House said Tuesday that includes up to nine Americans. U.S. national security spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. government would work with Qatar to extend the pause in battles.

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