Be’eri residents erupt in joy as they hear 6 kidnapped kibbutz members now heading home

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Cheers and applause erupt at the David Hotel at the Dead Sea, where members of Kibbutz Be’eri are currently staying, over the news that 10 Israeli hostages — including six Be’eri residents — are now on their way back home.

Those watching the news broadcast on a giant screen in the hotel lounge hug and whoop at the news. The cheers grow even louder after Simcha Shani, the grandmother of 16-year-old Amit Shani, who was among those released, says how excited she is to see her grandson once again.

As the names of the six members of the kibbutz being freed are read out, they get a huge round of applause, with an especially loud cheer for Raaya Rotem, who was separated from her young daughter Hila when the latter was released earlier this week.

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