Al Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeda announced this Friday that the two American hostages would be freed for “humanitarian reasons” after mediation by Qatar. Abu Obedah, the armed wing of his group Hamas, said on his Telegram account that the abducted duo were mother and daughter. They were kidnapped in Israel on October 7 and flown to Gaza.
He said they accepted the action “To prove to the American people and the world that the claims of (US President Joe) Biden and his fascist administration are false and baseless.”
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A spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office confirmed the release of the hostages. Judith Tai Ranan and Natalie Shoshana Ranan By Hamas.
He explained that the person in charge Hostages and missing persons IsraelGeneral Hirsch, along with Israeli soldiers and security personnel, He welcomed them at the Gaza border.
Now former hostages They are on their way to a meeting point at an army base in the center of the country. Their families are waiting for them.
He pointed out Both were abducted by the Palestinian Authority during an attack against Israeli territory on October 7 while at the Nahal Os Kibbutz.
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He emphasized that they have integrated with International Red Cross (ICRC) They have also agreed to hand over two hostages to the organization Both reached the land of Israel.
“On our part, it is a clear humanitarian step to demonstrate that our conflict is only with Israel.” Source specific.
Relatives of abductees Hamasgrouped under an umbrella calledHeadquarters of the Forum of Families of Hostages and Disappeared Persons”, In a statement they welcomed the release of the two women They recalled that kidnappings were a “war crime”.
“Hundreds of families await help from Arab leaders after Hamas actions shock world” The note added that “several Arab leaders have enormous influence” over the Palestinian Authority and that they should “work for the immediate release” of the abducted and disappeared.
They also urged world leaders and the international community They must use all their power to secure the release of the hostages.
Notification comes after two days Biden had visited Israel Demonstrating his country’s “unwavering” support, Israelis must defend their right to self-defense.
Besides, He compared Hamas to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. and promised “Atrocities” the Palestinian Authority assured “Daesh” as more rational.
The exact number of hostages with US passports held by Islamists in Gaza is unknown. Thirteen Americans are missing and thirty dead in a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7 against Israel, killing more than 1,400 people on Israeli soil.
The Palestinian group kidnapped 250 hostages – 200 in their hands and 50 in the hands of other Palestinian fighters -, The Israeli army reduced that number to 203.
On October 11, the Qatari network Al Jazeera released Al Qassam Brigades video shows one of the hostages being freed with two children. A video recorded remotely shows an unidentified woman with two minors behind her.
Two men said to be gorillas HamasThey can be seen walking away from the freed hostages in an open area next to the fence, presumably between Israel and Israel. GazaIt was described by the Israeli military as a “theatre”.