IDF says 2 Israeli hostages held by Hamas have been transferred to Red Cross

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

The Israel Defense Forces confirms Hamas has handed over two Israeli hostages to the Red Cross in the Gaza Strip.

“According to the information provided by the Red Cross, two Israeli hostages were transferred to them and are on their way to Israeli territory,” it says in a short statement.

A Hamas source told AFP earlier that the terror group would release 10 hostages, including two with Russian citizenship. In previous days, Hamas has released Russian-Israelis as a gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It is unclear why these hostages are being released separately.

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