A humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip will start on Friday at 07:00 (05:00 GMT), Qatari foreign ministry spokesperson Majed Al-Ansari said.

He said the list of hostages to be released has been provided to the Israeli intelligence services, adding that the first lot of captives will be released from Gaza at 16:00 (14:00 GMT) on Friday.

A Palestinian official previously told AFP that a delay in implementation of the truce between Israeli occupation forces and Hamas was due to 'last minute' details over which hostages would be exchanged and how.

The truce, widely expected to go into force on Thursday but delayed during the night, had been put back over 'the names of the Israeli hostages and the modalities of their release', said the official, who has knowledge of the negotiation process.

Lists of those to be freed had been exchanged by both sides, he added.

Questions were also being raised over Red Cross access to the hostages before they would be released into Egypt, he said, and whether the Red Cross would have access to those who remained.

The Palestinian Resistance has been confronting the barbaric Zionist war on Gaza which has killed around 15 thousand civilians in the besieged Strip since October 7.

Original Article Source: Al Manar | Published on Thursday, 23 November 2023 16:01 (about 204 days ago)