A group of Israeli and Thai hostages held by Hamas in Gaza since October 7 has been released as a truce between Israel and the militant group began, officials said, APA reports citing CNN.
The Red Cross, which is helping to transfer the detainees, said 24 hostages had been freed.
“We are relieved to confirm the safe release of 24 hostages. We have facilitated this release by transporting them from Gaza to the Rafah border, marking the real-life impact of our role as a neutral intermediary between the parties,” the Red Cross said on X, formerly Twitter.
The hostages include 13 Israelis, 10 Thai citizens and one Filipino citizen, according to the Qatari foreign ministry, which helped broker the agreement between Israel and Hamas.