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Israeli army successfully repatriates 13 released hostages; Four more on route to safety

The ceasefire, brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the United States, is part of a broader effort to secure the release of hostages. Hamas is set to release at least 50 Israeli hostages, while Israel commits to freeing 150 Palestinian prisoners, all of whom are women and minors.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Gaza Updated on: November 27, 2023 0:05 IST
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Image Source : AP Palestinians flee south on the third day of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas at Salah al-Din Road in the central Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army has confirmed the safe return of 13 released hostages to Israeli territory, with an additional four currently en route to Egypt. According to an official statement, twelve of the returned hostages are being escorted to a military base under the supervision of Israeli special forces, while one has been flown directly to a hospital for medical attention. The ongoing repatriation process includes four more released hostages, currently on their way to the Rafah crossing situated between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. The Israeli army remains vigilant in overseeing the safe and secure return of these individuals following their release.

The detailed arrangements, including the military escort and medical transportation, underscore the careful measures being taken to ensure the well-being and proper handling of the returned hostages. The Rafah crossing serves as a crucial transit point, facilitating the movement of individuals between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, further emphasizing the strategic considerations in the repatriation process.

The Israeli authorities continue to prioritise the safety and seamless reintegration of the released hostages, reflecting a comprehensive approach to managing this delicate phase of their return.

Hamas says one of top commanders killed

Meanwhile, a tragic development occurred as Hamas reported the death of one of its top commanders, a claim later confirmed by Israel's military.

The second exchange faced a temporary delay on Saturday, with Hamas accusing Israel of violating the agreement. However, the release of 13 Israelis and four Thais by Hamas and the liberation of 39 Palestinian prisoners by Israel eventually took place, contributing to the easing of tensions.

Diaa Rashwan, the Chair of the Egyptian State Information Services, revealed that Egypt has received lists including 13 hostages to be released by Hamas and another list of 39 Palestinians expected to be freed by Israel. The intricate process involves negotiations and coordination facilitated by Egypt, the United States, and Qatar.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan expressed optimism on NBC's "Meet the Press," stating that there were expectations of an American hostage being released on Sunday. The hope is for the release of 4-year-old Abigail Edan, orphaned in the Oct 7 Hamas attack. Sullivan also mentioned President Joe Biden's scheduled conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later on Sunday.

Amid the ceasefire, a significant announcement was made by Hamas regarding the death of Ahmed al-Ghandour, a high-ranking commander responsible for northern Gaza and a member of Hamas' top military council. Israel's military confirmed the demise of al-Ghandour, who had survived multiple previous attempts on his life.

The ceasefire has provided a temporary respite for Gaza's population, battered by relentless Israeli airstrikes, while also affording an opportunity for humanitarian aid delivery. Despite the challenges, the fragile peace offers a glimpse of relief to those affected by weeks of intense conflict in the region.

Also read | Hamas says commander Ahmed al-Ghandour, in charge of northern Gaza, killed in war with Israel


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