Hamas says working with Egypt and Qatar mediators to release 'civilian' captives

AFP , Friday 20 Oct 2023

Hamas said Friday, after the release of two American women, that it was working with Qatari and Egyptian mediators to release "civilian" captives taken during their October 7 attacks on Israel.

Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinw
File Photo: Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinw. AFP


Gaza's Islamist rulers said they were "working with all mediators to implement the movement's decision to close the civilian file if appropriate security conditions allow."

The group said that Americans Judith Tai Raanan and her daughter Natalie Shoshana Raanan were freed following efforts by Qatar and Egypt.

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