JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Hamas intentionally delayed the release of the 13 Israelis due to be transferred in the second stage of the prisoner exchange. The terrorist organization claimed that Israel had violated its side of the agreement by preventing people from returning to northern Gaza and preventing aid from reaching the northern region.Join our WhatsApp group
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After Qatar and US president Biden intervened as well as Egyptian officials (Qatar even sent a private jet to Israel during Shabbat to conduct the mediations), Hamas finally relented after seven hours, after receiving promises of further humanitarian aid, and released the captives to the Red Cross. The captives have now arrived in Egypt and are being transferred to Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing.
All of those released in the second stage are related to Kibbutz Beeri, the kibbutz which was hardest hit by the Hamas terrorist attacks. Nearly 100 members of the kibbutz were murdered and 26 more were taken into captivity. Some are relatives from outside the kibbutz.
The members of the kibbutz identified their friends and relatives as they were on the Red Cross vehicles, and noted that Hamas had violated its promise to return all the mothers with their children, as one of the children- Hilah Rotem-Shoshani- returned without her mother.
The 13 hostages released were identified as Hilah Rotem-Shoshani (Beeri), Emily Hand (Beeri) Maya Regev (Herzliya) Noam Or (Beeri) Alma Or (Beeri) Noga Weiss (Beeri) Shiri Weiss (Beeri) Sharon Avigdori (Kfar Saba) Noam Avigdori (Kfar Saba) Shoshana Haran (Beeri) Adi Shoham (Maale Tzviya) Yahel Shoham (Maale Tzviya) Nave Shoham (Maale Tzviya).
Emily Hand was initially described as a casualty of the Oct. 7th massacre and her father had even said that he was relieved she was not in captivity. However she was later found to be in Gaza and has been released from captivity to a very difficult family situation, since her biological mother Liora died of breast cancer when she was not yet 3 years old and since then she was brought up by her father’s first wife Narkis, who was murdered in the massacre.