Her family, in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, welcomes Nafoth Hammad on Monday. Reuters
A new group of hostages were freed on Tuesday from Gaza captivity in exchange for Palestinian prisoners under an extended truce, as mediators worked for a lasting halt to the seven-week Israel-Hamas war.
Ten Israelis and two foreigners were handed over to the Red Cross and were "inside Israeli territory", the army said.
An AFP journalist saw masked and armed fighters, some from Hamas and others from Islamic Jihad, hand over the released hostages to Red Cross officials in Rafah, near the border with Egypt.
A Palestinian prisoner reacts after being released from an Israeli jail in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. AFP
International figures hailed the pause in hostilities and releases of captives as a cause for hope in the conflict sparked by Hamas attacks that prompted an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Israel and Hamas accused each other of violating the extended pause in incidents on Tuesday, though Qatari officials mediating in the conflict said this did not knock the truce off track.
This handout photo shows former Israeli hostage 12-year-old Eitan Yahalomi (right) reunited with his mother. AFP
As a two-day extension to the truce appeared to be holding on Tuesday, US and Israeli intelligence chiefs were in Doha, capital of Qatar, to discuss the "next phase" of the deal, a source briefed on their visit said.
Israel and Hamas are under international pressure not to return to all-out fighting when the latest truce ends on Thursday.
A source close to the Hamas earlier told AFP that Tuesday's group of 10 Israeli hostages would be freed in return for 30 prisoners held by Israel.
The release of the two foreign hostages came in addition to the release of the 10 Israelis under the terms of the deal.
The truce paused fighting that began on October 7 when Hamas poured over the border into Israel, killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping about 240.
Israel's retaliatory ground and air operation in the Gaza Strip has killed almost 15,000 people, mostly civilians.
"No one will dictate our rules of engagement to us, when we are the ones fighting for our lives," Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said at a military ceremony in Haifa, echoing earlier remarks by Defence Minister Benny Gantz.
The deaths are the latest in a surge of violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which before Tuesday's shooting had killed at least 166 Palestinians, 21 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian this year.
The mosque compound in the Israeli-annexed Old City of east Jerusalem has previously seen clashes and violence between Palestinians and Israelis, particularly during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which draws tens of thousands of worshippers to Al Aqsa.
The initiative aims to enhance awareness of the severity of the water scarcity crisis and accelerate the pace of technological innovation to deal with the challenges it poses. It will be be chaired by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In this context, the Abu Dhabi Chamber places particular emphasis on AI investment, aligning with its vision to enhance the reputation and standing of the private sector in Abu Dhabi.
This was done through a series of meetings attended by representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the National Centre of Meteorology and other relevant government agencies, NCEMA said today.
Over 30,000 Palestinians have been killed after almost five months of Israel's war in the Gaza Strip, according to the Health Ministry, which does not distinguish in its count between fighters and noncombatants.