A Polish citizen was among the first group of hostages released by Hamas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.
“We welcome the information about the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, which allowed the release of the first group of hostages, including a Polish citizen, and increased supplies of humanitarian aid to the enclave,” we read in the statement.
It added that this was the result of continued international diplomatic efforts.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulated all partners involved in achieving this important step. We hope that the ceasefire will be maintained. We emphasize the need to release all abducted people as soon as possible,” the statement said.
“At the same time, Poland continues to firmly demand that Israel consent to the safe departure of the Gaza Strip by other Polish citizens,” it was emphasized.
We welcome the information about the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, which allowed the release of the first group of hostages, including a Polish citizen, and increased supplies of humanitarian aid to the enclave.
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Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip
Truce between Israel and Hamas began on Friday in the Gaza Strip and is expected to last for four days. During this break in fighting, Hamas is expected to release a total of 50 hostages kidnapped from Israel during the October 7 attack.
The first group of hostages was released on Friday in exchange for Israel’s release of 39 Palestinians – women and teenagers – from prison.
200 trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered the Gaza Strip; some of the supplies will reach the northern part of the Strip for the first time since October 7, the beginning of Israel’s war with the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, COGAT (the Israeli institution in the Ministry of Defense responsible for Palestinian affairs) announced on Saturday.
According to COGAT, with Israel’s consent, 50 trucks will go to the north of the Gaza Strip, including areas where no evacuation took place.
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