Launch of captives taken by Hamas in October 7 assault on southern Israel comes amid four-day truce.
The Palestinian armed group Hamas has launched 24 hostages held captive by the group in Gaza for nearly seven weeks, in line with Qatar’s international ministry and the Worldwide Crimson Cross (ICRC), hours after an Israel-Hamas truce mediated by Qatar got here into impact.
Among the many captives launched have been 13 Israelis, 10 Thai nationals and one Filipino citizen, Majed al-Ansari, a spokesperson of the Overseas Ministry in Qatar, mentioned on Friday.
The ICRC in Israel and the occupied territories mentioned that it transported the group of captives from Gaza to the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
“We’re relieved to substantiate the secure launch of 24 hostages,” the ICRC wrote on X, previously Twitter.
“We now have facilitated this launch by transporting them from Gaza to the Rafah border, marking the real-life influence of our position as a impartial middleman between the events.”
The discharge of the 24 captives — out of the roughly 240 taken hostage by Hamas throughout an assault on southern Israel on October 7 — comes as a deal between Israel and Hamas, which features a four-day truce and change of captives for Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, takes impact.
Afterward Friday, Qatar mentioned 39 Palestinian girls and youngsters detained in Israeli jails have been launched as a part of the deal.
The ICRC confirmed on Friday that its groups have been facilitating the discharge and switch of hostages held in Gaza and of Palestinian detainees.
“The deep ache that members of the family separated from their family members really feel is indescribable. We’re relieved that some shall be reunited after lengthy agony,” mentioned Fabrizio Carboni, the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross’s regional director for the Close to and Center East.
In line with the deal mediated by Qatar, Hamas will launch 50 girls and youngsters, from about 240 folks taken captive by the group throughout its assault on southern Israel on October 7.
In change, Israel will launch a complete of 150 Palestinian girls and youngsters held in Israeli prisons, whom Palestinians have lengthy characterised as victims of an Israeli occupation that sweeps them into prisons with little pretence of due course of.
The captives taken by Hamas on October 7 embrace Israeli troopers and civilians, in addition to folks from dozens of international international locations. In each Israel and overseas, the households of these held captive have pleaded for his or her launch.
Qatar’s al-Ansari mentioned that the ten Thai nationals and Filipino citizen have been freed outdoors the framework of the truce deal.
Earlier on Friday, Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin mentioned 12 Thai nationals assist captive in Gaza had been launched.
“It has been confirmed by the safety facet and the Ministry of Overseas Affairs that 12 Thai hostages are already launched,” he posted on X.
In line with Thailand’s international ministry, about 30,000 Thais have been employed in Israel, primarily within the nation’s agricultural sector, on the time of the assault, wherein no less than 32 Thai employees have been killed. Thais looking for work abroad typically come to Israel below an association wherein they’re paid minimal wage of about $2,000 a month.