Who are the Palestinian prisoners Israel released on Friday?

After seven weeks of war, the four-day truce between Israel and Hamas began on Friday morning. Under this truce, 39 Palestinian women and children were released on Friday.

Here is what’s known about those released and those who might be released in the coming days.

Who were the prisoners released on Friday?

Of the 39 Palestinians released by Israel, 17 are minors.

They are:

  • Yousef Mohammad Mustafa Ata from Ramallah
  • Qusai Hani Ali Ahmad from Bethlehem
  • Jibreel Ghassan Ismail Jibreel from Qalqilya
  • Mohammad Ahmad Suleiman Abu Rajab from al-Khalil
  • Ahmad Nu’man Ahmad Abu Na’im from Ramallah
  • Baraa Bilal Mahmoud Rabee from al-Khalil
  • Aban Iyad Mohammad Said Hammad from Qalqilya
  • Moataz Hatem Moussa Abu Aram from al-Khalil
  • Iyad Abdul Qader Mohammad Khateeb from Jerusalem
  • Hazma Laith Khalil Othman Othman from Ramallah
  • Mohammad Mahmoud Ayoub Dar Darwish from Ramallah
  • Jamal Khalil Jamal Barahmeh from Areeha
  • Jamal Yousef Jamal Abu Hamdan from Nablus
  • Mohammad Anis Saleem Tarabi from Nablus
  • Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahman Suleiman Rizq from Jerusalem
  • Zeina Raed Abdou from Jerusalem
  • Noor Mohammad Hafez al-Tahir from Nablus

Zeina and Noor are girls, the others are boys.

The remaining 22 of the Palestinians released on Friday are women. They are:

  • Rawan Nafez Mohammad Abu Matar from Ramallah
  • Marah Joudat Moussa Bakeer from Jerusalem
  • Malak Mohammad Yousef Suleiman from Jerusalem
  • Amani Khaled Nu’man Hasheem from Jerusalem
  • Nihaya Khader Hussein Sawan from Jerusalem
  • Fayrouz Fayez Mahmoud al-Baw from Jerusalem
  • Tahreer Adnan Mohammad Abu Suriya from Nablus
  • Falasteen Fareed Abdul Latif Najm from Nablus
  • Walaa Khaled Fawzi Tanja from Tulkarem
  • Maryam Khaled Abdul Majid Arafat from Nablus
  • Asil Muneer Ibrahim al-Tayti from Nablus
  • Azhar Thaer Bakr Assaf from Jerusalem
  • Raghd Nashat Salah al-Fanni from Tulkarem
  • Fatima Nu’man Ali Badr from Jerusalem
  • Rawda Moussa Abdul Qader Abu Ujaima from Bethlehem
  • Sara Ayman Abdul Aziz Abdullah al-Suweisa from Nablus
  • Fatima Ismail Abdul Rahman Shahin from Bethlehem
  • Samira Abdul Harbawi from Jerusalem
  • Samah Bilal Abdul Rahman Souf from Qalqilya
  • Fatima Bakr Moussa Abu Shalal from Nablus
  • Hanan Saleh Abdullah al-Barghouthi from Ramallah
  • Fatima Nasr Mohammad Amarnah from Jenin
  • When and how were they released?

    They were transferred from Israeli prisons to the Israel-controlled Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank in the early evening.

    At 8pm local time (18:00 GMT), they were released from Ofer in International Committee of the Red Cross buses.

    Who might be released next?

    Israel has agreed to release 150 Palestinian women and children prisoners from its jails in exchange for Hamas releasing 50 of the women and children taken captive during the October 7 attack.

    But the Israeli Ministry of Justice presented a list of 300 Palestinian prisoners who it is considering for release. It is unclear whether this might be an offer for a potential second phase of exchanges since the deal allows for the extension of a pause in fighting by one day for every 10 additional captives Hamas releases.

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