By The Associated Press
The Israeli military says a total of eight Israeli hostages have been released from captivity in the Gaza Strip. The army said the Red Cross transferred six hostages to Egypt late Thursday, and they were brought to Israel to be reunited with their families. Two additional hostages were turned over earlier in the day. Israel is set to free 30 more Palestinian prisoners. This marks the seventh straight night of hostage releases under a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. But any further renewal of the truce could prove more daunting. Hamas is expected to set a higher price for many of the remaining hostages.