Army confirms 2 hostages back in Israel; Hamas video shows stage-managed handover to Red Cross

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Yelena Trupanov (right) and her mother Irena Tati photographed in Egypt after their release from Hamas captivity on November 29, 2023 (Used in accordance of Clause 27a of the Copyright Law))
Yelena Trupanov (right) and her mother Irena Tati photographed in Egypt after their release from Hamas captivity on November 29, 2023 (Used in accordance of Clause 27a of the Copyright Law))

The Israel Defense Forces says Yelena Trupanov and her mother Irena Tati, the two Russian-Israeli hostages released from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, are now in Israeli territory, and are being escorted by special forces and members of the Shin Bet security agency.

“After they undergo an initial medical assessment of their health, our forces will accompany them until they are reunited with their families,” the IDF says.

Video released by Hamas shows stage-managed, chaotic scenes from their handover to the Red Cross.

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