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Who Are The Released Hostages?

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Image caption, Daniele Aloni and her daughter Emilia were reunited with family on Friday

Fifty-eight hostages held in Gaza have been released, seven weeks after being taken captive during the 7 October attacks on Israel.

Forty hostages – all women and children – were freed as part of a deal between Israel and Hamas.

Meanwhile, 17 Thai hostages and one Filipino have been released as part of a separate deal between Hamas and the Egyptian government.

Under the terms of the Israel-Hamas temporary truce, a total of 50 hostages will be released during a four-day pause in fighting which began on 24 November at 07:00 (05:00 GMT). Another group is due to be freed on the afternoon of Monday 27 November, local time.

In exchange, 150 Palestinian women and teenagers are to be released from Israeli jails under the deal – so far, 117 have been freed – and hundreds of lorries of humanitarian aid, medical supplies and fuel will be allowed into Gaza.

Who are the released Israeli hostages?

Emily Hand, 9, was released on 25 November after being held in Gaza without any of her family. The Irish-Israeli girl, who went missing from Kibbutz Be’eri, turned nine while she was a hostage. Her father, Tom Hand, who was originally told Emily had been killed, gave a statement to the BBC following her release.

“We can’t find the words to describe our emotions after 50 challenging and complicated days,” he said, adding that while the family was “happy to hug Emily again”, they have not forgotten the other people still being held captive.

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Image caption, Emily hand turned nine while being held hostage in Gaza

Daniele Aloni, 44, and her six-year-old daughter Emilia were kidnapped from Nir Oz along with Daniele’s sister Sharon Aloni Cunio, 34, her husband David Cunio, 33, and their three-year-old twin daughters Ema and Yuly.

Doron Katz Asher, 34, and her two daughters Raz, four, and Aviv, two, were taken captive while staying with relatives near the Gaza border. Doron’s husband, Yoni, saw a video of his wife and daughters being loaded on to a truck with other hostages. He also traced Doron’s mobile phone to Gaza.

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Image caption, Yoni Asher embraces his wife Doron and their daughter Raz, four, and Aviv, two, after their release

“I am determined to bring about the resurrection of my family from the trauma and the terrible bereavement we went through,” Mr Asher told the BBC following their release.

“I don’t celebrate, I won’t celebrate until the last of the kidnapped returns,” he said.

“The families of the kidnapped are not posters, they are not slogans, they are real people, and the families of the kidnapped are from today my new family, and I will make sure and do everything that the last of the kidnapped comes home.”

Hila Rotem Shoshani, 13, was freed after being kidnapped alongside her mother, Raya, from Kibbutz Be’eri in the 7 October attacks but was released on her own. Her mother remains in captivity in Gaza.

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Image caption, Avigail Idan turned four while she was a hostage

Israeli-American Avigail Idan was just three at the time she was taken hostage from her home, where her parents were attacked and killed by Hamas gunmen. She survived and walked to the home of her neighbours, the Brodutch family, but was later abducted along with the family. Avigail turned four while she was held hostage.

Hagar Brodutch, 40, was released alongside her children Oria, 4, Yuval, 8, and Offri, 10. They were at Kibbutz Kfar Aza when Hamas struck, according to Avichai Brodutch, Hagar’s husband. Her father-in-law, Shmuel Brodutch, told Israel’s Channel 13 News: “The moment I heard they were in the hands of the Red Cross, I was relieved.”

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Image caption, Hagar (centre) was being held along with her children Yuval, Offri and Oria

Ohad Munder-Zichri, nine, his mother, Keren Munder, 54, and his grandmother Ruthi Munder, 78, were kidnapped from Nir Oz. Ohad’s ninth birthday took place while he was in Gaza. Another family member, Avraham Munder, is still being held hostage.

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Image caption, Ruthi Munder was released on 24 November

Itay Ravi, Avraham’s nephew, told BBC Newsnight the release of some of his family members was “one step towards being happy” but that “it’s still a very, very horrific reality that we’re in”.

Media caption, Watch: Ohad Munder’s emotional reunion with his dad

Noam Or, 17, and his sister Alma, 13, were released on 25 November. In the 7 October attacks, they were seen by a neighbour being dragged out of their home in Be’eri, along with their father Dror Or, 48, according to their nephew Emmanuel Besorai. The body of Yonat, 50 – Dror’s wife and the children’s mother – was identified among the 120 people killed at the kibbutz. Noam and Alma’s uncle, Ahal Besorai, told the BBC that the siblings did not know their mother had been killed. “We had to bring the sad news to them,” he said.

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Image caption, Noam (left) and Alma Orr (right) were released without their father Dror Or

Sisters Dafna, 15, and Ela Elyakim, 8, were taken from their home in Kibbutz Nir Oz on the day of the attack, and were part of a family group whose capture was live-streamed by the attackers. The girls’ mother, Maayan Zin, said in a statement that she was happy her daughters had returned, adding that since they were kidnapped, she had been living “between despair and hope, between pain and optimism”.

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Image caption, Maayan Zin with her daughters Dafna and Ela Elyakim

Chen Almog-Goldstein, 48, and her children Tal, 8, Gal, 11, and Agam, 17, were abducted from their homes in Kibbutz Kfar Aza on the day of the attack. Chen’s husband, Nadav, and their 20-year-old daughter, Yam, were killed by Hamas.

Hanna Katzir, 77, was abducted from Nir Oz, along with her son, Elad Katzir, 47. On 9 November she appeared in a hostage video released by Hamas.

Channah Peri, 79, was taken hostage along with her son Nadav Popplewell, 51. Channah emigrated to Israel in the 1960s from South Africa and has three children.

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Image caption, Channah Peri was taken hostage along with her son Nadav

Dr Shoshan Haran, 67, was kidnapped from her home in Kibbutz Be’eri, on 7 October. She is the founder of a not-for-profit organisation to help feed those in poverty and has a PhD in agronomy. She was released from captivity on 25 November along with her daughter Adi Shoham, 38, and her children, Nave, eight, and Yahel, three. Dr Haran’s husband, Avshalom – an economist and dual German-Israeli citizen – was killed in the Hamas attack, while Adi’s husband, Tal, 38, remains in captivity.

Also released were Sharon Avigdori, 52, a drama therapist, and her daughter Noam, 12, who are relatives of Dr Haran and were kidnapped from Be’eri at the same time. Family members Eviatar Kipnis, 65 and his wife Lilach Kipnis, 60, were killed in the attack, the family has said.

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Image caption, Yafa Adar is a mother of three, a grandmother of eight and a great-grandmother of seven

Yafa Adar, 85, was kidnapped from Nir Oz. She has three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, the group speaking for families said. Yafa’s grandson Tamir, 38, who defended the kibbutz as part of the Nir Oz emergency squad, was also taken to Gaza, the Times of Israel reported.

Shiri Weiss, 53 and her daughter Noga, 18, were taken from Be’eri, along with Shiri’s husband Ilan Weiss, 58, who is Noga’s father. Shiri is an accountant for the kibbutz’s agricultural association. A video message from the family said Shiri was captured while Noga hid under the bed, until fires set by Hamas forced her out and she too was kidnapped.

Adrienne Aviva Seigel, 62, was taken from her home in Kfar Aza along with her 64-year-old husband Keith, his brother told the BBC. Keith is thought to be among the remaining hostages.

Margalit Mozes, 78, was abducted from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz. A cancer survivor, her family say she has other health problems that require almost constant medical care.

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Image caption, Margalit Mozes was released on 24 November

Adina Moshe, 72, was also kidnapped from Nir Oz on 7 October. Her husband Said Moshe was killed in the attack, according to a group that has been speaking on behalf of many hostages and their families. Afterwards, she was identified by her family in a video clip showing her wedged between two Hamas fighters on a motorbike.

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Image caption, Adina Moshe was seen in a video clip after her kidnap

The Israeli military confirmed on 26 November that Elma Avraham, 84, was airlifted to Soroka hospital in Beersheba in a serious condition. She had lived at Kibbutz Nahal Oz for nearly 50 years before she was kidnapped, a spokesman for the community said.

Roni Krivoi, 25, is a dual Israeli-Russian national who lives in Karmiel, northern Israel, and had been working as a sound engineer at the Supernova music festival when he was kidnapped.

Maya Regev, 21, had been at the Supernova music festival in southern Israel when she and her brother Itay were caught up in the Hamas attacks. That morning, Maya’s father got a call from his daughter who screamed “Dad they’re shooting at me, I’m dead”. The family said they later spotted Itay, who is still thought to be a hostage, in handcuffs in the back of a vehicle in a video released by Hamas.

Hostages previously freed

Prior to the deal struck between Israel and Hamas, four hostages were released, and another was freed by Israeli forces:

Foreign nationals

Gelienor ‘Jimmy’ Leano Pacheco, 33, is one of 18 foreign workers and the only Filipino to have been released as part of a separate deal between Hamas and the Egyptian government. The father of three had been in Israel for the past four years as a caregiver to 80-year-old Amita Ben Zvi in the Nir Oz kibbutz, whom Pacheco said was killed in the 7 October attacks.

Boonthom Pankhong, 39, and his girlfriend, Natthawaree Mulakan, were two of the Thai hostages released by Hamas on Friday. Boonthom’s sister Urai Chantacharttold BBC Thai that the family was “overjoyed”. “Our family has been suffering for over a month, but we never thought he was dead. We strongly believed that he [was] still alive,” she said. She added he had been working in Israel for five years when he was kidnapped, and was the family’s main breadwinner.

It was feared Wichai Kalapat was among the Thai nationals killed in the Hamas raid but his girlfriend received word last week that he was being held hostage in Gaza. She told the BBC she was “so happy” because she did not think he would be among those who were released.

Natthaphon Onkaew, Khomkrit Chombua were among the four Thai nationals released on 25 November, according to the country’s prime minister, Srettha Thavisin.

Anucha Angkaew was also freed. His wife, Wanida Maarsa, told BBC Thai that her husband, who had been working on an avocado farm for almost two years – was one of those taken captive by Hamas militants.

The fourth person released was Manee Jirachat, who travelled to Israel for work four years ago. He was seized by Hamas along with five other workers who had taken cover together, according to a Thai TV interview with his father, who had spoken to survivors.

Mr Srettha announced on 26 November that Wichian Temthong, Surin Kesungnoen and Phonsawan Pinakalo had been freed.

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