Hamas will release two hostages with Russian citizenship in a gesture of “appreciation” for the position taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin, says a top official in the terror group.
It is unclear if the two also hold Israeli citizenship.
The announcement was made by Moussa Abu Marzouk, an official from the Hamas political wing, the Kan public broadcaster reports.
The release of the two Russian citizens will be in addition to the ten Israelis who are set to be released later today as part of the temporary ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas brokered by the US, Egypt and Qatar.
Relatives of Israeli-Russian hostages being held captive by Hamas in Gaza went to Moscow this week to seek the Kremlin’s assistance in getting their family members released by the terror organization. Moscow assisted in the release of Roni Krivoi on Sunday.
Krivoi was released in a separate agreement from the hostage release agreement, apparently as a favor by the terror group to Moscow.