Egypt Says Close to Extending Ceasefire by 2 Days

By Yoni Weiss

Ambulances wait next to the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, Monday. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The Egyptian government reported Monday of their efforts to extend the current ceasefire by an additional two days.

Diaa Rashwan, the head of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS), said the extension would include the release of 20 Israeli hostages. In exchange, 60 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails would be freed, he said.

Earlier, Hamas was reported to be seeking a four-day extension while Israel wanted day-by-day extensions.

An Israeli official reiterated Israel’s position that it would agree to an extra day of truce for the release of each group of 10 hostages. In exchange, three times the number of Palestinian prisoners would be released each time. The limit would be five days, the official added.

On Monday evening, 11 Israelis are expected to be released. However, the families awaiting the release of their loved ones have not yet received notifications. The Prime Minister’s Office has stated that negotiations regarding the specific individuals to be released are still ongoing.

On Sunday, 17 hostages were freed – 14 Israelis and three Thai nationals.

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