Hamas Announces Hostage Handover

Hamas has stated that the al-Qassam Brigades have released 13 Israeli nationals and several foreign nationals to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry validated this claim by announcing the handover of 13 Israeli detainees and 4 foreigners to the Red Cross on their way to Rafah. The Red Cross stated that preliminary medical examinations indicated that those released are in good health.

An Israeli Defense Forces statement affirms this:

“Red Cross representatives have just transferred the hostages to Egypt. According to the information that was received by the IDF, 17 hostages were released, including 13 Israeli hostages and 4 Thai hostages.

The released hostages’ convoy is currently making its way through Egypt to the meeting point at Kerem Shalom.

Security representatives will verify the list at the meeting point with the released hostages. The families of the hostages are being updated by IDF representatives with the latest available information.”


UPDATE as of 11/25/23: A Qatari spokesman for foreign affairs has announced that 39 Israeli-held prisoners have also been released back to Palestine. The released prisoners include 33 children and 6 women.

The Israeli Prison Service has also confirmed this.