Hamas Releases 14 More Captives in Sixth Phase of Swap Deal with Israel
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has released 14 more captives it had been holding since an operation staged against the occupied territories.
The captives, comprising 10 Israelis and four Thai nationals, were released by the group on Wednesday.
They were taken to Egypt before being transferred to the occupied territories.
Hamas and its fellow Gaza Strip-based resistance movement of the Islamic Jihad launched the operation on October 7 in response to the Israeli regime’s decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.
Around 250 people were taken captive during the operation.
The regime responded to the operation by bringing Gaza under a genocidal war that has so far killed more than 15,500 people.
The regime is expected to free 30 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the 14 people, who were released by Hamas, as part of a truce deal clinched between the two sides that has brought about a lull in the unrelenting Israeli military campaign.
So far under the deal, five rounds of exchanges have led to the release of more than 250 people from both sides.
The truce is set to expire early Thursday.
Speaking on Tuesday, Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the Hamas’ Political Bureau, said he hoped the deal would be extended for a longer period of time.
Israel, however, has vowed to resume the war with “full force,” claiming that it seeks to end Hamas’ rule over Gaza.
Hamas has vowed that the Palestinian territory would only be ruled by its own people once the war was over.
Source: Press TV