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12 captives released by Hamas, 30 Palestinians freed from Israeli prisons as Gaza truce holds for fifth day

Hamas freed a group of 10 Israelis or dual nationals and two Thai citizens on Tuesday in exchange for 30 imprisoned Palestinians on Tuesday, on the fifth day of the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club said 15 women and 15 minors would be released. Among them was 14-year-old Ahmad Salayme.

“The first day of the war there were a number of beatings, female inmates were beaten,” Salayme said to Al Jazeera.

“They told me no celebrations, and on the day of my release I’m not allowed to leave my house, raise any signs or banners, use a megaphone. And if I break any of these rules I will be taken back,” he added.

“We are very happy but our happiness is incomplete because we mourn those who are lost, those who are wounded and those who are missing,” he said.

Qatar said that of the 10 Israelis released, there were nine women and one minor.

More than 15,000 people have been killed in the Israeli air and ground assault, including more than 6,000 children, according to Palestinian officials. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced amid dire humanitarian conditions.


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