On Monday, the terrorist organization Hamas claimed to have freed two dual-national hostages. Israel didn’t immediately confirm anything.
According to reports, the captives were given to Red Cross agents who were going to accompany them across the border into Israel.
The release of abductees with dual citizenship and those with exclusively Israeli citizenship are being discussed separately, according to a Monday morning story in The New York Times.
Senior Israeli government officials have repeatedly denied taking part in any negotiations for the release of Israeli hostages.
A diplomatic source within the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office was quoted as saying on Monday that “Israel will not be a party to a “selection” for holders of foreign passports for release.” Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, stated on Monday that the military has so far proven that terrorists abducted 222 people during the Hamas attack on October 7, which resulted in the massacre of 1,400 Israeli citizens and the injury of more than 4,500 more.
The terrorist organization released the first two hostages on Friday for what it referred to as “humanitarian reasons.”
The terrorist group Hamas released Natalie Shoshana Raanan and her mother, Judith Tai Raanan, according to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. The two were taken during the western Negev invasion on October 7th from Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
A video showing an Israeli abductee with European citizenship was also made public by Hamas last week. “Hi, my name is Mia Shem, and I’m from Shoham. I’m now in Gaza. I left for Sderot early on Saturday morning to attend a party. My hand was terribly hurt,” the woman says in the video. She demands that Israel “get me out of here as soon as possible.”
Shem, who holds dual citizenship from France and Israel, was abducted while visiting a music festival in the desert close to Kibbutz Re’im, where Hamas terrorists massacred at least 260 festivalgoers.
About 20 to 30 minors and 10 to 20 people over the age of 60 were among the 222 hostages that were taken. Along with the Israelis, the hostages came from eight or nine other nations.