November 26, 2023
Hostages Released from both Israel and Gaza
Sunday marked the release of prisoners from Gaza; this is the third such transfer of hostages during the four-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. With the release of 17 more hostages on Sunday, including 14 Israelis and the first American. The United States stated it hoped the ceasfire would be prolonged, the shaky cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was back on track. Israel then freed 39 Palestinian detainees.
The majority of the prisoners were turned over to Israel directly, arriving at an air force facility to the cheers of onlookers. Others departed via Egypt. Elma Avraham, 84, was in critically critical condition as "a result of an extended period of time when an elderly woman was not taken care of as needed," according to the director of Soroka Medical Center and the Israeli army. One patient was reportedly airlifted to a hospital.
According to Israel's military, their group consisted of Israelis, dual Israeli citizens, and Thai nationals. Abigail Edan, an American-Israeli child and four years old, was one of the liberated captives. Her release signifies the first successful liberation of an American hostage since the ceasefire. The White House reports that US President Joe Biden, who applauded Edan's release in a speech on Sunday, had a conversation with the girl's family on Sunday afternoon.
The 4-year-old is currently receiving care at a hospital close to Tel Aviv, a Hostage and Missing Families' Forum representative told CNN. By late Sunday evening local time, the 16 other liberated captives had also been moved to hospitals, according to information made public by Israel's Ministry of Health. President Biden stated that his goal is to extend the ceasefire as long as possible.
The identities and ages of the liberated hostages were made public by officials. Among them are two mothers and their kids as well as two siblings. Nine minors, all under the age of 17, were included on the list, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. There were three additional Thai nationals set free. A Russian hostage was freed by Hamas "in response to the efforts of Russian President Vladimir Putin," the organization announced in a statement. The first male hostage to be released was the Israeli-Russian citizen.
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