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Ten further Israelis freed as fragile truce holds

Nine women and one 17-year-old girl have been transferred to the Red Cross, Qatar’s foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed.

Ten Israeli hostages – nine women and a child – were transferred from the clutches of terrorists in Gaza to the Red Cross on Tuesday evening.

The Israel Defence Forces confirmed that Hamas has handed over 12 hostages in all – including two foreign nationals – to the Red Cross.

“Based on information that was received from the Red Cross, 12 hostages — including ten Israelis and two foreign nationals — are on their way toward Israeli territory,” the IDF said.

One of the Israelis is a dual Austrian national and another two are dual Argentinian nationals.

In exchange for the hostages, 30 Palestinian prisoners will be released by Israel.

Those released on Tuesday are:

Ditza Heiman, 84, from Kibbutz Nir Oz, a mother of four, stepmother of three, grandmother to 20 and great-grandmother of five.

Tamar (Tami) Metzger, 78, from Kibbutz Nir Oz. Her husband, Yoram Metzger, 80, remains a hostage in Gaza.

Ada Sagi, 75, from Kibbutz Nir Oz. A mother of three, she learned Arabic to make friends with her neighbors and later taught the language to others as a way to improve communication with the Palestinians who live on the southeastern border of the Gaza Strip.

Philippines-born Noralin Babadila Agojo, also known as Nora or Natalie, 60. She was taken from Kibbutz Nirim on October 7 and her Israeli-born husband Gideon Babani was killed. The couple lived in the central town of Yehud and were visiting friends on the kibbutz.

Rimon Kirsht Buchshtav, 36, also from Kibbutz Nirim. Her husband, Yagev Buchshtav, 34, remains a hostage in Gaza.

Mia Leimberg, 17, her mother, Gabriela Leimberg, 59, and family member Clara Marman, 62. The Jerusalemites were taken from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak on October 7.

Argentina-born Ofelia Roitman, 77, from Kibbutz Nir Oz.

Meirav Tal, 54, from Kibbutz Nir Oz. She was taken hostage with partner Yair Yaakov, 59, the father of brothers Or Yaakov, 16, and Yagil Yaakov, 13, who were released on Monday.

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