17 Hostages, Including 4-Year-Old American Girl, Released Back To Israel
TEL HASHOMER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 26: Israeli hostages released by Hamas' military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades as part of the prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas are being brought to a hospital in Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv in Israel, on November 26, 2023.
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A third group of Israeli hostages arrived back in Israel on Sunday evening as part of a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas terrorists.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that based on information from the Red Cross, which has acted as an intermediary between the IDF and the terrorists, the group of hostages that were released included 14 Israelis and three foreign nationals.

The Times of Israel reported that the group of released Israeli hostages included Abigail Idan, 4; Hagar Brodetz, 40, and her children Ofri, 10, Yuval, 9, and Oriya, 4; Chen Almog Goldstein, 48, and Agam, 17, Gal, 11 and Tal, 9; Alma Avraham, 84; Aviva Siegel, 64; sisters Ela, 8 and Dafna, 15, and Elyakim; Roni Krivoi, 25, a dual Russian-Israeli national.

One of the hostages that was released, Abigail Idan, who turned 4 while being held hostage by Hamas terrorists, is a dual U.S. citizen. Both of her parents were murdered by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza kibbutz during the October 7 attacks.

“A short time ago, representatives of the Red Cross handed over 12 abductees who had returned to Israel to a force of an elite unit of the IDF and a force of the Shin Bet near the border fence in the center of the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said. “After that they will make their way to the base premises. One abductee who returned to Israel was sent directly to the hospital.”


“At the same time, four abductees returned to Israel via the Rafah crossing to Egypt, from where they will make their way to the meeting point with our forces in Israeli territory,” the statement continued. “IDF representatives regularly update the families of the abductees.”

The first group of 13 Israeli hostages was released on Friday and a second group of 13 hostages was released on Saturday.

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