LIVE | Israel releases another thirty prisoners, truce between Israel and Hamas expires on Friday morning

Hamas released another six hostages on Thursday evening and handed them over to the Red Cross. They are now on Israeli soil. Thirty Palestinian prisoners were subsequently released. And mediators hope to once again extend the temporary ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. This expires at 6 a.m. on Friday morning. The US government is working with Egypt to make this possible. Follow all developments surrounding the conflict in the Middle East in our live blog.