On Sunday, November 26, the Palestinian group Hamas announced the release of one Russian hostage, who was held by terrorists in the Gaza Strip. With this previously unannounced release of the Russian, the Palestinians thanked Putin for his support.
This was reported in a press release on the group's Telegram channel, without specifying who was released and when exactly.
"In response to the efforts of Russian President Vladimir Putin and in gratitude for Russia's position in support of the Palestinian cause, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas released one of the detainees with Russian citizenship," the statement said.
Later, Hamas clarified that they had handed over a hostage with Russian citizenship to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
According to Russian propagandists citing Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the hostage with a Russian passport was released as a result of direct agreements with Hamas.
The TASS propaganda agency added that earlier it was reported that two Russian hostages were in the hands of Hamas militants. Their fate has not yet been reported.
Earlier it was reported that 17 hostages released by Hamas crossed the territory of Israel, including 13 citizens of Israel and 4 citizens of Thailand.
On October 14, the Islamist movement Hamas expressed gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the position he expressed after the militants' attack on Israel.