Breaking News: 24 Hostages Released by Hamas Now Back in Israel

13 Israeli, 10 Thai, and one Filipino are confirmed released. The Israelis range in age from 2 to 85 years old.
November 24, 2023
Ambulances and emergency workers wait outside Schneider medical centre, where some of the released hostages are expected to be brought, on November 24, 2023 in Petah Tivka, Israel. (Photo by Erik Marmor/Getty Images)

An Israeli Defense Forces spokesman confirmed that 24 hostages are back in Israel.

“The first batch of hostages, thank G-d, have been released from Hamas-held dungeons, are in the hands of Israeli special forces,” Israeli Government Spokesperson Eylon Levy said. “They’ve received a preliminary medical attention, and they’re now on route to hospitals where they will be reunited with their families, or rather, should I say, what’s left of their families. Many of them, of course, their families were murdered on October 7th. Some are being separated from relatives, male relatives who are still stuck inside the Gaza Strip. Definitely a fantastic first step, incredibly moving for Israeli society. But let’s remember that still leaves 215 hostages inside the Gaza Strip, and none of us here are free until all of them are free. We are committed to that pledge. There will be no one left behind.”

At 9:20 am Pacific time, the Israeli Government confirmed the identities of the freed hostages:

Yaffa Adar, 85

Daniel Aloni, 44

Emilia Aloni, 5

Aviv Asher, 2

Raz Asher, 5

Doron Katz Asher, 34

Hana Katzir, 77

Adina Moshe, 72

Margalit Mozes, 78

Ohad Munder, 9

Keren Munder, 55

Ruth Munder, 78

Chana Peri, 79

At least 12 of the hostages came from the Nir Oz Kibbutz.

The hostages entered Egypt at the Rafah Crossing, the only border between Gaza and Egypt. The Rafah Crossing is about 4 miles northwest of the convergence of the Gaza-Israel-Egypt border. The hostages re-entered Israel at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, where multiple medivac helicopters idling nearby.

This is a developing story.

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