Mossad Director David Barnea
Mossad Director David BarneaYossi Zeliger/Flash90

Mossad Director David Barnea on Wednesday visited Qatar ahead of the fulfillment of the deal to release some of the hostages who are being held by Hamas in Gaza.

Barnea was accompanied by Maj. Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Alon, who is in charge of intelligence related to the hostages. Barnea is in close contact with CIA director Bill Burns, who was a key figure in the formation of the deal, along with President Biden's Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk.

According to the outline of the deal, 50 living Israelis will be released in several batches throughout the four days of the ceasefire.

Every day, 12 to 13 hostages will be released. For every ten additional Israeli hostages who are released - another day of a pause in the fighting will be given. Israeli officials believe that in addition to the 50 hostages, Hamas can release another 30 Israelis.

Accordingly, 140 terrorists will also be released in several phases. The IDF will continue to encircle the northern Gaza Strip. In addition, fuel will only enter Gaza during the days of the ceasefire. The IDF and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) will continue intelligence-gathering operations.

Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook announced, in an interview with the Al Jazeera TV channel, that the ceasefire in Gaza will begin on Thursday at 10:00.

"We are ready for a total ceasefire and an exchange of prisoners," he said, "I promise all the prisoners in the prisons in Israel that they will be released."

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., flights over the northern Gaza Strip will be halted, and the Israeli hostages will be taken to the Rafah Crossing, where the Red Cross will meet them and move them to the Egyptian side of the border.

During the evening, Hamas will hand over a list of the first captives to be released through the deal.

The first group of hostages will be transferred to Israel by the Red Cross on Thursday morning, after which the terrorists will be released from prison in exchange. On the fourth day of the ceasefire, Hamas is expected to release an additional 20 hostages.