This is the moment Hamas releases two Israeli hostages on medical grounds, with one of the elderly women shaking hands with one of the militants and saying “Shalom”, which means ‘peace’ in Hebrew.
The images reportedly show Nurit Yitzhak and Yochved Levitchitz, also named in international media as Nurit Cooper, 79, and Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, being released by Hamas militants.
The two elderly women can be seen being escorted by two Hamas militants, who have their faces covered.
They can be seen sitting and talking with them, with one of the militants offering them something to drink.
They can then be seen being escorted by the armed Hamas militants and handed over to the Red Cross.
One of the women can be seen shaking hands with one of the militants and saying “Shalom”.
The images were obtained from Hamas on Tuesday, 24th October, along with a statement saying: “The Al-Qassam Brigades, through Egyptian mediation, released the two detainees ‘Nurit Yitzhak’ and ‘Yochved Levitchitz’ for humanitarian and medical reasons.”
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