IDF says 2 hostages transported by Red Cross to Egypt ahead of return to Israel

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

Yelena Trupanov, 50 and her mother Irena Tati, 73 are transferred by armed Hamas operatives to a Red Cross ambulance in the Gaza Strip ahead of their return to Israel, November 29, 2023. The two Russian-Israeli women were released by Hamas as a gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Screenshot)
Yelena Trupanov, 50 and her mother Irena Tati, 73 are transferred by armed Hamas operatives to a Red Cross ambulance in the Gaza Strip ahead of their return to Israel, November 29, 2023. The two Russian-Israeli women were released by Hamas as a gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Screenshot)

The Israel Defense Forces says the two Russian-Israeli hostages, Yelena Trupanov and her mother Irena Tati, have been transferred by the Red Cross to Egypt via the Rafah crossing.

They will be brought to a meeting point where Israeli forces will verify their identities, before bringing them into Israel via a side gate at the Kerem Shalom crossing, the IDF says.

“The families of the hostages are being updated by IDF representatives with the latest available information,” the army says.

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