Israel-Hamas hostage deal delayed until Friday, Israeli official says

Israel’s Netanyahu on deal with Hamas

Israel’s Netanyahu on hostage, short-term cease-fire deal with Hamas


The start of a short-term cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that will allow for the release of some hostages held in Gaza, the release of Palestinians being held by Israel and for more humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip has been delayed until Friday, an Israeli official said.

“The contacts on the release of our hostages are advancing and continuing constantly. The start of the release will take place according to the original agreement between the sides, and not before Friday,” Israeli National Security Council Director Tzachi Hanegbi said Wednesday in a statement.

The release of hostages, along with a four-day cease-fire, was originally set to begin Thursday morning.

According to the terms of the deal, Hamas will release 50 hostages, all women and children, over the course of the four days. Three Palestinian prisoners held by Israel will be released for every Israeli hostage released by Hamas. President Biden said three Americans are among those expected to be released by Hamas.

There is a possibility more could be released by both sides.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that “the release of every additional ten hostages will result in one additional day in the pause.”  

During the pause in fighting, aid will be allowed into the Gaza Strip, with 300 trucks per day carrying supplies, including cooking oil for bakeries and fuel for hospitals, a source familiar with the talks told CBS News. 

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

— Margaret Brennan, Kathryn Watson and Tucker Reals contributed reporting.

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