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Who are the main Palestinian prisoners released by Israel during Gaza truce?

A total of 71 women and 169 children were released from Israeli jails under a Hamas-Israel swap agreement that collapsed on Friday.
TOPSHOT - A man walks past a section of Israel's separation barrier painted with a portrait of Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, on November 6, 2023 in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli army said on November 6 it had arrested the prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during a raid in the occupied West Bank. (Photo by HAZEM BADER / AFP) (Photo by HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images)

The war in the Gaza Strip resumed on Friday after talks to extend a humanitarian pause collapsed, with both Hamas and Israel blaming each other for the breakdown of the truce.

According to Hamas, Israel rejected the movement’s offers on the exchange of prisoners.

“We offered to release the elderly held in our custody in exchange for the release of the elderly prisoners in the occupation prisons, but the occupation refused that,” Khalil al-Hayya, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, told Al-Jazeera.

He added that Hamas suggested handing over the bodies of several hostages who were killed in Israeli airstrikes, but Israel also refused.

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