The spokesman for the Israeli Armed Forces, Daniel Hagari, confirmed this Monday night that the fourth exchange of hostages for Palestinian prisoners is “underway” in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Later, the Israeli Armed Forces indicated on their official channels that “according to information provided by the Red Cross there are eleven Israeli hostages on their way to Israeli territory.”
The spokesman for the Qatari Foreign Ministry, Mayid al Ansari, has also specified that among the released Israelis there are three French citizens, two German citizens and six Argentine citizens.
Meanwhile, Hamas has published on Telegram the list of 33 Palestinian prisoners who will be released this Monday in exchange for the hostages held in the Gaza Strip. On the list there are three Palestinian women and 30 minors from Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron or Nablus. Al Ansari has subsequently confirmed these figures.
Hagari also referred in his appearance to the extension of the truce for two more days, until Wednesday, and stressed that “it is not definitive.” “We are working with mediators incessantly. Nothing is final until it really happens. Things are moving forward today too, but we have to be patient,” said Hagari, according to ‘The Times of Israel’ newspaper in its digital edition.
Hagari has also criticized the videos published by Hamas with images of the handing over of hostages to staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “Not even the dozens of videos of terrorists waving goodbye can hide the brutality of Hamas,” she argued.
He has also referred to the situation of the Bibas family, whose members would have been handed over by Hamas to another armed group. Hagari has stressed that responsibility remains with Hamas.
The Israeli Army had previously warned that Yarden and Shiri Bibas, along with their two children aged four years and nine months, Ariel and Kfir, respectively, were handed over to another Palestinian militia and that they are currently being held in Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip.
Regarding Elma Avraham, 84, who was released on Sunday by Palestinian militias in critical condition, Hagari highlighted that she was rushed to a hospital. “Elma is 84 years old. She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,” she highlighted.
“Elma was taken hostage during the Hamas massacre on October 7. She was dragged to Gaza on the back of a motorcycle. She has been held captive by Hamas for 51 days and nights. She was kept in harsh conditions, denied life-saving medication. needed and was not visited by the Red Cross,” he explained.
“When she was released she was in critical condition. Elma reminds us what our mission is. Now she is home and cared for, but who cares for the other hostages who are in Gaza?” he added. “There are more than 150 of our hostages – men, women, children, babies -. Who is taking care of them? Who is holding a 10-month-old baby, Kfir Bibas?”, she reproached.
For this reason, he has called on international organizations, in particular the ICRC, to “use the tools at their disposal to access our hostages, to guarantee that they are receiving the health care they need.”