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Hamas and Israel exchange more hostages for prisoners on 5th day of truce

The Israeli military says 12 more hostages released by Hamas have left Gaza and are now in Israeli territory.
 
The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the group comprises 10 Israeli citizens and two Thai nationals.
 
It is the fifth day of the truce between Israel and Hamas, after a 48-hour extension was agreed Monday.
 
Prison officials in Israel also say they have released another 30 Palestinians - joining 150 others, mostly women and teenage boys, who have been freed since Friday.
 
Meanwhile, the United Nations has used the pause in fighting to get desperately-needed aid into Gaza, but says much more is needed.
 
Hamas crossed the border and killed 1,200 people in Israel on October 7, with about 240 taken hostage.
 
Since then, Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry says over 14,500 people have been killed in Israel's retaliatory campaign.
 


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