Israel’s prison authority said early Tuesday that 33 Palestinian prisoners had been released “during the night” under the terms of a truce deal that returned hostages from the Gaza Strip.
The prisoners released on Tuesday include 30 Palestinian children and three women, Hamas-affiliated media reported.
The prisoners arrived in the West Bank town of Ramallah where they were greeted by loud cheers as their bus made its way through the streets.
The release brought the total number of detainees freed by Israel during the initial, four-day pause in the fighting to 150.
Israel has approved the inclusion of 50 female Palestinian prisoners in the list of prisoners slated for release if additional Israeli hostages are freed from Gaza, the prime minister’s office said on Tuesday.
The statement came after Qatari mediators said a four-day truce agreed to allow an exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian detainees that was set to expire after Monday had been extended for another two days.
Few hours prior, Hamas released 11 hostages from Gaza who were handed over to the Red Cross and were taken to Israel.