A temporary ceasefire in Gaza has been extended by two days with more hostages expected to be released later.

Emily Hand

The truce was due to end at 5am Irish time – but Qatar – which has been leading negotiations between Israel and Hamas – confirmed the two sides agreed to extend their truce.

Fifty Israeli hostages have been released so far – and in return, dozens of Palestinian prisoners freed.

Irish-Israeli girl Emily Hand was released at the weekend after being held hostage for 50 days in Gaza.

Nour Odeh is a Palestinian political analyst.

‘We are in uncharted territory on so many levels.  All of these prisoners in Israeli captivity are viewed by society as hostages of the Israeli occupation and so any of them releases is welcomed by Palestinians.’