9-year-old boy among Israeli hostages released (ANI)
- 9-year-old boy released from Hamas captivity
- As soon as he met his father, he ran and hugged him.
- 50 Israeli hostages expected to be released
Four children are among those released from Hamas captivity under a four-day ceasefire agreement brokered by Qatar, Egypt and the United States. After 49 days of tortured captivity, Hamas released thirteen Israeli hostages, including four children and six elderly women. The 13 were part of the first batch of hostages released on Friday. Under the deal, 50 women and children under the age of 19 held by Hamas could be freed in exchange for 150 Palestinians held in Israeli jails. In a video released by Schneider Children's Medical Center (SCMC), 9-year-old Ohad Mundar can be seen running to his father and hugging him happily. The boy, Ohad, was released along with his mother Karen Munder and grandmother Ruti Munder.
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Brother released but did not celebrate
"Efforts will continue until all the hostages are released," Ohad's brother Roy Zichhari Mundar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. It is very important for me to say that we are happy but not celebrating because more of our people are hostage. We need to continue our campaign. "Don't lose hope, they will be back soon," he said.
#WATCH | Israeli nationals who were released on November 24, after being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, reunited with their families at Schneider Children's Medical Center in Israel.
(Source: Schneider Medical Center) pic.twitter.com/CozLU3QnzU
— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2023
50 Israeli hostages could be released in batches
During the four-day ceasefire, 7 people held by Hamas during the October 50 attacks are expected to be released in batches. In the second batch, 13 Israelis and four Thai nationals were released on Saturday. The agreement risked breaking up due to a dispute over aid supplies. Hamas claimed that only 340 of the 65 aid trucks that had entered Gaza since Friday had reached northern Gaza, "less than half of what Israel agreed." The United Nations confirmed on Saturday that 61 trucks carrying food, water and medical supplies had reached northern Gaza.
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