IDF says Hamas handed over 6 hostages to Red Cross

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

The Israel Defense Forces confirms that Hamas has handed over six Israeli hostages to the Red Cross.

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

Earlier, Hamas released two Israeli hostages, bringing today’s total to eight.

According to the ceasefire agreement, Hamas must release at least 10 hostages per day.

Yesterday, Hamas released an additional two Russian-Israeli civilians as a gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and not as part of the deal with Israel.

It appears Hamas has retroactively added the two Russian-Israelis to today’s list of hostages.

Earlier, IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said that “yesterday there were 12 Israeli citizens, who were on our list, and the sum in the agreement is for 10, and we insist on getting the maximum possible. That’s how it was every day and that’s how it will be today.”

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