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“Committed To Return Of All Our Hostages”, Says Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country is committed to the return of all hostages from Gaza.

Jerusalem:

After Hamas freed the first group of Israeli hostages, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country was committed to returning all the hostages from Gaza as it was “one of the objectives of the war.”

“We have just completed the return of the first hostages – children, their mothers, and additional women. They are… Each one is a complete world.”

He further reiterated Israel’s commitment to the hostage trade, saying: “But I want to emphasize to you, your families and the people of Israel, that this is one of the objectives of the war and that we will fulfill all our commitments. “I am working hard to do so,” he added. The purpose of the war is to return all hostages. ”

The first group of Israeli hostages were handed over to International Committee of the Red Cross officials as part of a hostage deal between Israel and Hamas, the Times of Israel reported.

The Times of Israel reported that 13 Israeli hostages in an ambulance were heading to Israel from Khan Yunis in southern Gaza across the Rafah border, citing Israeli officials. The release of the 13 hostages, mother and child, is the first of four expected stages. Notably, Hamas agreed to release about 50 hostages, including women and children, during the four-day truce with Israel.

Egypt’s government press office announced that it had successfully negotiated the release of 12 Thai hostages abducted in the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, in addition to the 13 Israeli hostages. Thailand said it believes 26 of its citizens were taken hostage on October 7.

Meanwhile, the IDF announced that freed hostages would continue to be accompanied by IDF soldiers on their way to hospitals in Israel.

“They have returned home. IDF special forces and ISA forces are currently working with the freed hostages. They will continue to be escorted by IDF soldiers as they make their way to hospitals in Israel, where they will be reunited with their families. “The Israel Defense Forces will act together, along with the entire Israeli security establishment, until all hostages are returned home,” the IDF posted on X.

The freed hostages are just a fraction of the approximately 240 people held by Hamas terrorists since October 7.

Hamas launched an attack on Israel.

Notably, the Qatar-brokered ceasefire agreement came into effect at 7 a.m. (local time) on Friday.

Israel plans to release 150 Palestinian prisoners held for terrorist crimes, the Times of Israel reports. In exchange for 50 Israelis, all the prisoners released will be women and minors. Israel plans to release 39 prisoners in exchange for the return of the first 13 Israelis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant will closely monitor the management of the operation to bring freed Israelis from Hamas captivity, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office announced in a statement published in X.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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