24 hostages have been released, Red Cross says

Twenty-four people are in the group of hostages released Friday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

“We are relieved to confirm the safe release of 24 hostages. We have facilitated this release by transporting them from Gaza to the Rafah border, marking the real-life impact of our role as a neutral intermediary between the parties,” the agency said on X.

The Red Cross did not say how many of the freed hostages were from Israel and how many were from Thailand.

Israel previously said 13 Israeli hostages would be released and the Thai prime minister said 12 Thai hostages had been freed – a total of 25. The reason for the discrepancy in the numbers was not immediately clear, and the ICRC did not provide the breakdown of the nationalities.

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