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Hostages Arrive in Egypt via Rafah Border in Preparation for Travel to Israel

Hamas has released 24 hostages who had been held in the Gaza Strip and Israel freed 39 Palestinian prisoners, as a temporary ceasefire took hold after more than six weeks of war. In the first such exchange since Hamas seized more than 200 hostages in its deadly October 7 attack, the militant group set free 13 Israeli women and children on Friday, among them a two-year-old boy and five-year-old girl. It also released 10 Thai nationals and one Filipino. Qatar, which mediated the deal, added Israel had freed 39 Palestinian prisoners, all women and children.