“Representatives of the Red Cross have just transported the hostages to Egypt. According to information received by the IDF, 17 hostages have been released, including 13 Israeli and 4 Thai,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
It is noted that at midnight the convoy of freed hostages was heading to the Rafah checkpoint in Egypt. They will then be flown into Israel through a side entrance at the Kerem Shalom checkpoint.
Around 01:15 the IDF stated, that the freed hostages underwent an initial medical examination. One civilian was taken to the hospital. Others are on their way to hospitals at this time, where they will be reunited with their families.
What is known about the temporary truce between Israel and Hamas
On November 21, it became known that Israel and Hamas are close to an agreement brokered by the United States, which will allow the release of dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza in exchange for a five-day pause in hostilities.
Later, on November 21, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that he was close to concluding an agreement on a temporary truce with Israel.
On November 22, Qatar announced that Israel’s cabinet had approved a four-day ceasefire deal with Hamas to release 50 hostages.
Later it became known that the release date of the hostages in Gaza was postponed due to the need to agree on the terms of the agreement.
On September 23, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Majed al-Ansari, said that the ceasefire regime between Israel and Hamas will take effect on Friday, November 24, at 07:00 in the morning, and the release of hostages will begin at 16:00.
The interim truce agreement between Israel and Hamas calls for a four-day pause in the war, the first in seven weeks since the atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7, and the release of a total of about 50 Israeli hostages in groups of about a dozen a day.
On Friday, November 24, Hamas released 24 Israeli and foreign hostages, Israel responded by handing over 39 Palestinian prisoners as part of a temporary ceasefire. In a separate deal on the same day, Hamas released 11 foreign nationals – 10 Thais and one Filipino.
Hamas was expected to release a second group of 13 hostages on November 25, rejecting Israel’s call to release one more person subject to the terms of the deal. At the same time, Israeli security sources warned that if Hamas delayed the release of the second group of hostages, Israel would resume ground operations in Gaza.