Hamas frees 16 more hostages as part of truce with Israel in Gaza

30 November 2023
2023-11-30 10:40

Hamas handed over 16 more hostages to Israeli officials on Wednesday, the last day of an extended truce in the Gaza conflict, the Red Cross and other authorities said.

Under the terms of the Qatar-mediated deal, 30 Palestinians, 16 minors and 14 women, were set to be released on Wednesday in exchange, a spokesperson for the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.Two Russian citizens and four Thai citizens were released outside the framework of the agreement while the 10 Israeli citizens freed include five dual citizens.

They were a Dutch dual citizen, who is also a minor, three German dual citizens and one U.S. dual citizen. The hostages freed were among some 240 people seized by Hamas militants during a rampage in southern Israel on October 7.

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