‘The Israeli government welcomes return of our citizens, will work for release of all hostages’ — PM’s office

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Israelis celebrate release of first 13 hostages at Hostage Square in Tel Aviv on November 24, 2023. (Screen capture/Channel 12)
Israelis celebrate release of first 13 hostages at Hostage Square in Tel Aviv on November 24, 2023. (Screen capture/Channel 12)

“The Israeli government welcomes the return of our citizens,” says statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office following the entry of the first 13 freed Israeli hostages back onto Israeli territory.

“The Israeli government is committed to the return of all hostages and missing persons,” the statement adds.

“Our citizens underwent an initial medical examination and their families were informed by the appointed officials that they have returned,” it says, confirming that 11 foreign nationals have also been released, referring to 10 Thai and 1 Filipino national.

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