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Israel’s PM Office releases a list of captives that Hamas has freed

A list of all 13 hostages—who had been kidnapped by Hamas during the terror assaults on October 7—was released by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.theindiaprint.com israels pm office releases a list of captives that hamas has freed download 2023 1

Eleven foreign people were among those freed as part of an exchange agreement with Hamas, according to the Israeli PM Office. Israel released 39 Palestinian inmates in return for 24 Hamas captives who were freed as part of an agreement mediated by Qatar and the United States.

“The government of Israel welcomes our people who are going back home. The PM Office issued a statement saying, “The Israeli government is committed to the return of all abductees and missing persons.”

The statement went on, “Our citizens underwent an initial medical examination and the appointed officials informed their families that they were back.”

The thirteen citizens who went back to their own country were also made public by the Israeli PM Office.

Doron Katz-Asher, 34, Raz Asher, 4, and Aviv Asher, 2, were the three Asher family members that made their way back home.

Daniel Aloni (45) and Amelia Aloni (5) were the two members of the Aloni family that were let free.

Ruth Munder (78), Keren Monder (54), and Ohad Monder (9) were the three members of the Monder family who were saved.

In addition to them, five other Israeli citizens were freed from custody: Adina Moshe (72), Hana Katzir (76), Margalit Mozes (77), Hanna Perry (79), and Yaffe Adar (85).

According to the PM Office, the government and its security personnel escorted the freed hostages back to their relatives, who had been worrying about their whereabouts for many days.

As part of the hostage agreement between Israel and Hamas, the first set of Israeli captives was transferred to the International Committee for Red Cross workers earlier on Friday, according to a report from the Times of Israel.

At seven a.m. local time on Friday, the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, mediated by Qatar, came into force.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the country is dedicated to releasing all prisoners from Gaza, citing it as “one of the aims of the war,” after the hostage-release on Friday.

In a video statement, Netanyahu stated, “We just finished the return of the first of our hostages: children, their mothers, and additional women,” on the social networking site X (previously Twitter). Every one of them is a planet unto itself.

The move was welcomed by US President Joe Biden, who described it as just the “beginning of a process.” He said that there is still optimism that “dozens of hostages” would be reunited with their families in the coming days.

According to a story in The Times of Israel, Hamas may ultimately release additional captives in return for an extension of the truce by one day for every ten Israeli prisoners.

But of the around 240 individuals taken captive by Hamas militants since the organization’s onslaught on Israel on October 7, the freed captives make up a very tiny portion of the total.

 

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