Conflicts & War

Hamas frees two Israeli hostages in Gaza, while more await release in the coming hours

Jerusalem, Nov 30 (EFE) – Hamas released two Israeli hostages in Gaza on Thursday afternoon, within the framework of the truce between Israel and the Islamist group that was extended for another day. More hostages are expected to be released in “the next hours”, the Israeli army reported.

The two hostages were handed over to the Red Cross, and were later entrusted to the Israeli special forces stationed near “the security fence by the Gaza Strip,” who transferred them into Israeli territory.

Both are now and en route to the Hatzerim military base in Israel’s Negev desert region.

According to the Gaza Hostage Families Forum, the two released are Mia Schem, 21, and Amit Soussana, 40.

Schem was the first captive Hamas sent a video of, showing her with a wounded arm and pleading with Israel for her release.

Schem was captured on October 7, when she was at the party next to the Gaza Strip where Palestinian militiamen carried out a major massacre that left some 360 people dead, according to media reports.

Soussana is a lawyer and resident of the Kfar Aza kibbutz, an Israeli community also adjacent to Gaza, where she was abducted while hiding in the shelter of her home.

“In the next hours, more Israeli hostages are expected to be handed over to the Red Cross,” the Israeli army added this afternoon.

According to the media, Hamas sent a list of ten prisoners, including eight Israelis and two people with dual Russian-Israeli citizenship, as part of the ten daily hostages of Israeli citizenship it is handing over as part of the ceasefire.

With the release of the two women, 99 hostages have now been released from Gaza, including 75 Israelis and 24 foreigners.

In addition, 210 Palestinian prisoners have been released since Friday as part of the hostage-for-prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas.

As announced by Hamas, the list of 30 Palestinian prisoners to be released on Thursday includes eight women – all members of the Palestinian community with Israeli citizenship – and 22 minors, mostly from the West Bank.

Thursday marks the seventh day of the truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which was extended for another day. EFE

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