Israel army says freed captives 'inside Israeli territory'

AFP , Ahram Online , Friday 24 Nov 2023

The Israeli occupation army said Friday the first captives released from the Gaza Strip were back on Israeli territory where they would undergo medical checks before being reunited with their families.

Channa Peri. Perim one of the captives released
Photo of Channa Peri. Peri is one of the captives released on Friday Nov. 24, 2023 who had been held captive in Gaza for weeks, including 13 Israelis, 10 people from Thailand and a Filipino citizen, according to Qatar and other officials, in the first stage in a swap for Palestinians prisoners in Israel under a four-day truce deal. AP


"The released captives underwent an initial medical assessment inside Israeli territory," the military said in a statement.

Adding, the captives would be accompanied by "soldiers as they make their way to Israeli hospitals, where they will be reunited with their families".

A total of 24 captives, 13 Israelis, 10 Thais and one Filipino, were handed over Friday to the Red Cross in Gaza by Hamas, Qatar, which mediated the deal, said.

President Isaac Herzog congratulated the return of Israeli captives back to Israel as part of the truce deal with Hamas on Friday and thanked all those involved in helping them arrive safely.

"It's important to know that our work will not be completed until every Israeli captive returns back home," Herzog said in a statement. 

Qatari foreign ministry spokesman Majed Al Ansari also said that, 39 women and children detained in Israeli jails had also been freed under the deal to exchange captives taken by Hamas for Palestinian prisoners.

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