Israel releases names of 13 freed hostages


Daniele Aloni and her daughter Emilia. Photo: BBC

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has released the names of 13 freed hostages by Hamas in a swap deal on Friday.

Hamas had earlier today released 24 hostages, which included 13 Israelites. 11 other foreign nationals were also released.

The Israelis include four children – aged two, four, six and nine – as well as an 85-year-old woman

Those released are Doron Katz Asher (34 years old), Raz Asher (age four), Aviv Asher (two years old), Daniele Aloni (45 years old), Emilia Aloni (age six), Ruth Munder (age 78), Keren Munder (54 years old), Ohad Munder (age nine), Adina Moshe (age 72) – Hanna Katzir (age 76) – Margalit Mozes (age 77) – Channah Peri (age 79)  and Yafa Adar (85 years old)

A statement from the the PM’s office said the Israeli government embraced its citizens returning home, saying it is committed to the return of all abductees and missing persons.

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The government said its citizens underwent an initial medical examination and their families were informed by the appointed officials that they were back.

Meanwhile, 39 Palestinian detainees held by Israel have now been released to the West Bank as part of the deal.

According to the BBC, the group is made up of 24 women and 15 teenage boys. The majority were being held in pre-trial detention.

Under the terms of the deal, a total of 50 Israeli hostages and 150 Palestinian detainees are meant to be released over four days during a temporary ceasefire.

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