Hamas Ceasefire: Hostages set for release in Israel, to receive personal hygiene kits

Hostages set for release in Israel, to receive personal hygiene kits | Credits: Reuters
Hostages set for release in Israel, to receive personal hygiene kits | Credits: Reuters

United States: Hamas to release the first Israeli women and children on Friday. Before the release, at 1400 GMT, of the 13 hostages, an image was shared by the Israeli Air Force showing colorful throw-rugs, dolls and personal hygiene kits.

According to reports by Reuters, these items were placed at the location where the helicopter was expected to receive them.

The release will be under an agreement between the authorities of Israel, Qatar and Hamas fighters, according to which there will be a four-day ceasefire to release hostages and supply humanitarian aid to Gaza.

In return, Israel has promised to release around 39 Palestinians from its jails.

Accordingly, the hostages are among the 240 people held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip since its attack on Israel on October 7.

Military statement

An Air Force lieutenant colonel was quoted saying, “We are all in this together; today is the first light at the end of the tunnel,” during a video, as per the reports by Reuters.

These medical supplies and healthcare kits will be given to the hostages after they land in Israel, following which they will be sent to several hospitals to meet their families and loved ones.

Moreover, the military has urged the general public to respect the privacy of hostages.

How will hostages be repatriated?

As of now, the reports claim that Israeli military transport helicopters will pick the hostages up at an Egyptian airport (which has not been publicly announced). However, details regarding the same have not yet been confirmed by Cairo.

Helicopters ready to take hostages to their homes | Credits: Reuters

The helicopter will take off with a commando squad, doctors, and counselors who have training in communication and psychotherapy. Apparently, these will be the first Israelis to meet and greet the former captives.

An official from Israel said, “The personnel will introduce themselves by name, with a visible face and a smile, and maintain eye contact and distance in order to allow the caregivers and support teams to do their work in the best possible way,” according to Reuters.

The official further emphasized that special measures will be undertaken during the flights to reduce stress and anxiety – as they will be returning from a chaotic place. Noice-cancelling headphones will be issued “to make the flight experience easier and provide them with peace and quiet,” the official said.

In addition to this, the health officials have underscored that special focus will be given to psychological care, along with providing attention to the specialized care for the individuals who might have suffered sexual assault.

As per the reports published by the local media, the adults are expected to be questioned by Israeli security officials. The questions may be related to the hostages who are still with Hamas. However, the children will be spared from questioning.

Is it for the first time that hostages have been released?

The Israeli authorities, earlier, welcomed four hostages. It is to be noted that the condition and locations of the hostages were unclear in the Gaza Strip.