Israel-Hamas war: 11 more Israeli hostages released

A fourth group of hostages were returned on Monday.

TEL AVIV, Israel — A fourth group of Israeli hostages was released from captivity on Monday, the fourth day of an exchange from Hamas militants.

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According to The Associated Press, the Israeli government confirmed that the hostages have returned to Israel. That marked the fourth swap under the original truce agreement.

Palestinian prisoners arrive in West Bank

Update 6:34 p.m. EST Nov. 27: According to The Associated Press, a Red Cross bus carrying Palestinian prisoners who were released by Israel arrived in the town of Ramallah in the West Bank. That was confirmed by Israel’s prison service.

The prisoners were released from prisons in Damon, Megiddo, Ofer, Ktzi’ot, Ramon and Nafha, CNN reported.

Original report: Qatar said Israel was to release 33 Palestinians from its prisons, according to the AP.

On Monday, Qatar’s foreign ministry announced in a statement that an agreement was reached to extend the cease-fire for two more days.

Majed Al-Ansari, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, confirmed the agreement but did not elaborate on the terms, The New York Times reported.

The Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum in Israel released the names and photos of the 11 hostages, CNN reported. The Israel Defense Forces said that all 11 hostages were Israelis. According to Al-Ansari and ABC News, the hostages held dual citizenship. Three were French citizens, two were German citizens, and six were Argentinian citizens.

The 33 Palestinians who will be released are 30 minors and three women, Qatari officials said.

Under the initial deal, Hamas agreed to release 50 women and children taken hostage during the Oct. 7 attack, the Times reported. In exchange, Israel agreed to free 150 women and minors held in Israeli jails.

All of the hostages released Monday are residents of the Nir Oz kibbutz in southern Israel, an official statement from the kibbutz said.

Their names are:

  • Eitan Yahalomi, 12;
  • Sharon Kunio, 34;
  • Emma Kunio, 3;
  • Yuli Kunio, 3;
  • Karina Engel, 51;
  • Mika Engel, 18;
  • Yuval Engel, 11;
  • Sahar Kalderon, 16;
  • Erez Kalderon, 12;
  • Or Yaakov, 16;
  • Yagil Yaakov, 13.
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