The extension will also mean more aid can flow into Gaza where the humanitarian situation remains “catastrophic”.
A truce between Israel and Hamas was extended on Tuesday with the release of other Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners planned.
The agreement – mediated by Qatar, Egypt and the United States – first came into force on Friday.
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So far it has enabled the release of 50 hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. Some 19 other hostages, mostly foreign workers, were freed by the Palestinian militants, though this came outside the deal.
The truce, due to expire Tuesday morning, was extended for two days to Thursday.
This should allow for the release of around 20 hostages and 60 additional prisoners, alongside further aid deliveries into Gaza where the humanitarian situation remains “catastrophic”.
Majed Bin Mohammed Al-Ansari, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Qatar, said the extension was agreed under the same conditions as before: One hostage for three prisoners.
Israel’s government received a list of ten hostages due to be released on Tuesday, without revealing their names, according to Israeli media.