Red Cross says it has ‘continuously’ asked to visit hostages, would welcome release deal

Illustrative: Members of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terror groups release Israeli hostages to the Red Cross, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, November 28, 2023. (Flash90)
Illustrative: Members of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terror groups release Israeli hostages to the Red Cross, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, November 28, 2023. (Flash90)

A statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross says that it has repeatedly and continuously called for the release of the hostages held in Gaza and also “since day one and continuously since then” asked to be able to visit them, “to check on their conditions, to deliver medical care, and to facilitate communication with their families.”

The ICRC says it will “continue to demand” that all of the hostages be released immediately, but recognizes that is unlikely, and would therefore “welcome an agreement which brings the hostages home to their families,” and stands ready to play a role in any such deal.

The Red Cross has faced harsh criticism from some within Israel for its failure to visit the hostages or ensure they receive any treatment.

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