More hostages were released by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel on the fifth day of the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, or on Tuesday (28/11) evening local time. At least 12 hostages, including 10 Israelis, were released by Hamas, and in return, 30 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli prisons.
As reported Al ArabiyaWednesday (29/10/2023), the Israeli military in its statement announced that 10 Israeli hostages and two foreign hostages had arrived in its territory on Tuesday (28/11) evening local time, after being freed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
“The freed hostages are… inside Israeli territory,” said an Israeli military statement released on the fifth day of a lull in fighting in the Gaza Strip.
It also said that the Israeli soldiers who greeted the hostages ‘saluted and embraced the freed hostages after they returned home’.
In a separate statement, Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed Al Ansari also announced that the 12 hostages were released by Hamas on Tuesday (28/11) evening local time. Al Ansari stated that the hostages who were freed consisted of 10 Israeli citizens and two Thai citizens.
Qatar is one of the mediators in the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. According to Al Ansari, the freed Israeli hostages included nine women and one child, whose ages were not immediately disclosed.
The released Israeli hostages also consisted of several people with dual citizenship, namely two Israeli-Argentinian citizens, one Israeli-Austrian citizen, and one Israeli-Filipino citizen.
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