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Everything We Know About the 13 Israeli Hostages Released by Hamas in Gaza

The first Israeli hostages to be released from Gaza happened on Friday afternoon Tel Aviv and Hamas began a four-day truce after coming to a landmark agreement.

The deal, brokered by the state of Qatar, came into force today at 5am GMT – a day later than originally scheduled. Under the agreement, 13 Israeli hostages have now been released by the militant group and transferred to Egypt by the Red Cross.

In exchange, 39 Palestinian prisoners were freed this evening in exchange for the Israeli hostages. It is the first prolonged break in fighting since the devastating war began on October 7.

A further 12 Thai nationals taken hostage by Hamas have also been released in a deal mediated by Egypt . Israel is set to free a total of 150 Palestinians over the next four days as part of the deal.

Family and friends gather as a helicopter arrives with hostages at Schneider medical centre in Israel
Family and friends gather as a helicopter arrives with hostages at Schneider medical centre in Israel

According to senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk, the ceasefire will see a temporary halt to the fighting across the whole of the region. He told Al Jazeera: “There will be no warplanes or air traffic in Gaza from 10am to 4pm.” The 13 Israelis – held for seven weeks – include four children and several elderly women. A total of 240 people were kidnapped during the October 7 attacks.

Photos of the 13 Israeli hostages released on November 24
Photos of the 13 Israeli hostages released on November 24

Adina Moshe, 72

Everything We Know About the 13 Israeli Hostages Released by Hamas in Gaza
Adina Moshe, 72, was released today 

She was kidnapped from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz, after Hamas militants killed her husband Sa’id Moshe. She has four children – Maya, Yael, Sasson, and Amos – and a number of grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and reading.

Margalit Berta Mozes, 78

Margalit Moses, 78, is a cancer survivor who has been released by Hamas
Margalit Moses, 78, is a cancer survivor who has been released by Hamas

A cancer survivor, she has diabetes and fibromyalgia, and takes additional medications for blood pressure and thyroid. She is said to be a sworn nature lover, especially of birds, and loves hiking hike despite her poor health.

Last summer she went on sailing trip in northern Norway and had plans to visit Mozambique this winter. Margalit’s other hobbies include knitting.

Danielle Aloni and her five-year-old daughter Emilia

Danielle Aloni and her daughter Emilia, 5, have been released
Danielle Aloni and her daughter Emilia, 5, have been released 

The pair were kidnapped in Nir Oz while visiting Danielle’s sister Sharon Aloni-Cunio – who was also kidnapped along with her three-year-old twins Emma and Yuli, and their father David Cunio.

On 7 October at 11am Danielle sent a “last message” to her family which said there were terrorists in the house and she was afraid they would not survive.

Ruthy Munder, 78, Keren Munder, 54, and nine-year-old Ohad Munder

Keren Munder and her son Ohad
Keren Munder and her son Ohad 

Ohad was kidnapped along with his mother, Keren, while they were visiting his grandmother Ruthy, who was also seized. He reportedly turned nine while in captivity. His mother is a teacher and children’s volleyball coach. Mrs Munder senior’s hobbies are said to include knitting, painting and sewing.

Doron Katz Asher, 34, and her daughters Aviv, two, and Raz Katz Asher, four

Everything We Know About the 13 Israeli Hostages Released by Hamas in Gaza
Doron Katz  
Aviv, right, and Raz Asher Katz
Aviv, right, and Raz Asher Katz 

The trio were kidnapped during a visit to relatives, including the girls’ grandmother, in Kibbutz Nir Oz. Ms Katz Asher works as an accountant.

Hanna Peri, 79

Hanna Peri
Hanna Peri 

The mother-of-three immigrated to Israel from South Africa in the 1960s. She works in a grocery store. Ms Peri is said to have diabetes and suffers from severe vision loss in one eye. Her hobbies including gardening, Tai Chi and looking after her pet cat. Footage, apparently of her, being taken away on a golf buggy went viral following Hamas’s attack.

Yaffa Adar, 85

Yaffa Adar
Yaffa Adar

Ms Adar has three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. One of her grandchildren, Tamir Adar, 38, was kidnapped alongside her and is still thought to be held by Hamas.

Hanna Katzir, 77

Hanna Katzir
Hanna Katzir

Ms Katzir has been named in Israeli media as the 13th hostage to be released on Friday.

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