Freed By Hamas, Elderly Hostages Brought By Helicopter To Tel Aviv Hospital

Freed By Hamas, Elderly Hostages Brought By Helicopter To Tel Aviv Hospital

Oct. 24, 2023, 8:23 a.m.

Hamas militants released two more hostages on Monday. They announced on social media that they freed two Israeli women, citing "compelling humanitarian" reasons. They said government officials from Egypt and Qatar brokered the release. Officials with the International Committee of the Red Cross helped transport the women out of Gaza.

The militants have been holding more than 200 people hostage since they surprised Israelis in an assault more than two weeks ago. On Friday, they set two American women free.

Diplomats have been calling for more releases and for "humanitarian pauses." More than 50 aid trucks carrying food, water and medical supplies crossed over the Egyptian border into Gaza from Saturday through Monday. However, United Nations officials said 100 truckloads per day are necessary to meet the needs of residents.

Israeli leaders have not allowed in fuel critical for keeping hospital generators running. White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said US officials are working on that and want to see aid continue to "flow." He did not confirm reports that they are urging Israeli leaders to delay a ground invasion.

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Israeli forces have seen at least 1400 of their people killed, and they have not relented in airstrikes on Gaza that have killed at least 5000 people. They said they have also launched limited ground raids to gather intelligence. Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said they conducted the raids to "kill terrorists who are preparing for the next stage in the war."

A nurse at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital says in a video statement that Nurit Cooper and Yocheved Lifshitz appear to be in good health after arriving at the Israeli medical center directly after their release from Hamas captivity in Gaza.

The two elderly women were both speaking and had an emotional reunion with their families, the nurse says.

The pair are resting before doctors perform more exhaustive tests to determine their exact medical condition.

Both of them were on medication that they likely were unable to receive during their over two weeks in captivity.

The nurse says the hospital will have a better understanding of their conditions in the morning.

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