Gaza ceasefire and hostage release explained in 10 points

1 Finally, a truce:

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a four-day truce so that 50 women and children under the age of 19 taken hostage could be freed in return for 150 Palestinian women and teenagers in Israeli detention. | AP

2 Who all will be released?

The 50 hostages, among about 240 taken by Hamas in their Oct. 7 raid on Israel, are expected to be released in batches, probably about a dozen a day, during the four-day ceasefire. | AFP


Among the 50 women and children under the age of 19 being released by Hamas are three US citizens. | Reuters


Israel has provided a list of about 300 Palestinian prisoners who might be released. Most on the list of 300 are from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. | AFP


The pause will be extended by a day for each additional batch of 10 hostages released, Israel said in a statement. | AFP

6 What it means to civilians of Gaza?

Hamas said Israel agreed not to attack or arrest anyone in Gaza, and people can move freely. | Reuetrs


The International Committee of the Red Cross will work in Gaza to facilitate the release of the hostages. | Reuters

8 Where will it take place?

The hostages are expected to be transported through Egypt, the only country apart from Israel to share a border with Gaza. | Reuters


During the truce, trucks loaded with aid and fuel are expected to cross into Gaza. | AFP

10 Players involved:

Qatar played a large mediation role. Hamas has a political office in Doha and the Qatari government has kept channels of communication open with Israel, even though unlike some other Gulf Arab states it has not normalised ties with Israel.