IDF soldiers in Gaza
IDF soldiers in GazaIDF spokesperson

Israel on Thursday morning confirmed that it had received a list of women and children to be released, which meets the criteria of the ceasefire agreements of the past six days.

The list includes eight women and children instead of ten, after Hamas claimed that the two Russian-Israelis released as a gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin came at the expense of two Israeli hostages.

Later reports said that Hamas is expected to return the bodies of three hostages, in addition to the eight living hostages.

The Prime Minister's Office responded: "The War Cabinet decided unanimously last night that if by seven in the morning we had not received a list that meets the criteria in the agreement, the fighting will immediately be renewed. This morning Israel received a list of women and children in accordance with the conditions of the agreement, and so the break in fighting will continue."

Just prior to 7:00a.m., and IDF spokesman said, "In light of the efforts by the brokers to continue the process of releasing the hostages and in accordance with the terms of the agreement, the break in fighting will continue."

The Hamas terror organization confirmed: "An agreement has been reached to extend the break in fighting by an additional day."

Previous lists of hostages to be freed included 10 hostages each day; Thursday's initial list included just seven women and children, and three corpses - something which Israel was unwilling to accept. The corrected list was received shortly before the 7a.m. deadline Israel gave Hamas.