Israel Says ‘Evaluating’ List of Hostages; Hamas Demands Release of Adult Prisoners

By Yoni Weiss

Israeli troops seen in the Gaza Strip during a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, Monday. (Israel Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS)

The Prime Minister’s Office said Monday that it is “evaluating” a list of hostages it received from Qatari mediators who are presumably to be released Monday night.

“Additional information will be issued when possible,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Reports suggest that the Hamas terror group is demanding the release of adult Palestinian prisoners in the next exchange, not just women and minors, as has been the case until now.

Meanwhile, both sides have signaled a willingness to extend the temporary ceasefire beyond the original four days, set to end Tuesday morning.

Israel has previously offered to agree to an additional day for each additional 10 hostages freed, and to release three times the number of Palestinian prisoners each time.

On Sunday night, Hamas freed a third group of captives – 14 Israelis and three Thai nationals.

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