White House officials are monitoring hostage transfer in real time, sources say
Hamas published the names of Palestinian prisoners expected to be in the first batch released from Israeli jails on Friday.
The list has 39 names — 24 women and 15 minors. The majority of the people on the list are from the occupied West Bank.
CNN previously reported the numbers on the list.
The prisoners are being moved from two jails — Damon and Megiddo, both southeast of Haifa – and driven to the Ofer prison, south of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, for final checks by the Red Cross, an Israeli official told CNN Thursday.
Some background: Around 8,300 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, said Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs.
More than 3,000 of them are being held in what Israel calls “administrative detention,” Fares told CNN, adding that this means they are being held without knowing the charges against them, and without an ongoing legal process.
Israel has stepped up its arrests since Hamas’ attacks on October 7. Up to 2,070 arrests were documented in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in that month alone, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, a non-governmental organization dedicated to addressing the concerns of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. That figure includes 145 children and 55 women.