THIS is the moment a fearless Israeli hostage stared down a Hamas thug as 14 more people were released from captivity last night.
She bravely stopped and stared at a balaclava-clad gunman before walking away with fellow hostage Merav Tal.
Last night, five children and five women from Israel and four Thai hostages were freed just hours before the truce deal is set to expire at 5am today.
The group of ten Israelis are made up of a Dutch child, three Germans and a woman from the US, Qatar’s foreign ministry spokesman Majed al Ansari said.
An IDF spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday night that “representatives of the Red Cross transferred the 14 abductees, including 10 Israeli abductees and four abductees with Thai citizenship, to Egypt“.
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They added: “The abductees returned to Israel on their way in Egyptian territory to the meeting point with our forces in Kerem Shalom.
“Security system representatives will verify the identity of the returning abductees at the meeting point. IDF representatives update their families regularly.”
The names of the 10 Israelis released this evening are Raz Ben Ami, Yarden Roman, Liat Atzili, Moran Stela Yanai, Liam Or, Itay Regev, Ofir Engel, Amit Shani, Gali Tarshansky and Raaya Rotem, The Times of Israel reports.
As per the IDF’s list, the American-Israeli released on Wednesday night is named Liat Atzili, meaning there is only one more American believed to still be held hostage in Gaza: Judith Weinstein Haggai.
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The IDF announced earlier on Wednesday that they had already received two hostages from Hamas.
Both are reported by Sky as being Russian-Israelis and were released separately to the 10 other hostages let go.
They are, according to Israeli media, Yelena Trupanov and her mother Irena Tati. Both women were taken to Sheba Medical Centre following their return to Israel.
Israeli media reported they were released in a gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin unrelated to Hamas’ truce deal with Israel.
A senior Hamas spokesperson said earlier: “The delay in the release of prisoners in the sixth batch was caused by logistical obstacles.”
This takes the total number of hostages freed to 71.
More Palestinian prisoners are thought to be getting returned to Hamas in the trade off for the innocent hostages later on.
So far only women and children have been released from Hamas hell as many helpless fathers were tragically left behind by their kids and partners as they were taken to safety.
It is expected that IDF troops will hospital to get routine checks.the hostages into the loving hands of the Red Cross where they will take them across the Rafah crossing and to a nearby
Reports are saying that four extra days could be added to the vital truce deal that has been in place for the past six days.
Hamas hopes that the Gaza ceasefire could be extended as the all-out war with Israel threatens to be resumed within hours.
Hamas leader Mahmoud al Mardawi said: “Negotiations in Doha regarding extending the humanitarian truce are continuing.
“We are open to all truce proposals according to what we have specified, and the occupation is the one that imposes the obstacles.”
Prolonging the temporary truce could see 40 more Israeli hostages – nine of which are still kids – released and allow more aid to reach the battered Strip before Israel begins its final showdown with the terror group in the south.
Although Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his feelings on a potential extended truce clear.
He posted on X this evening: “In the last few days I hear a question – will Israel return to fighting after this phase of returning our abductees is exhausted?
“So my answer is unequivocal – yes. There is no way we are not going back to fighting until the end.
“This is my policy, the entire cabinet stands behind it, the entire government stands behind it, the soldiers stand behind it, the people stand behind it – and that is exactly what we will do.”
Qatar, along with Egypt, has been the key mediator in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas and any new truce will most likely go through them.
Earlier on Wednesday it was announced that Israel is investigating Hamas’ claim that baby hostage Kfir Bibas has been killed along with his mum and brother in Gaza.
The terror group’s military wing – the Al-Qassam Brigades – claimed the 10-month-old baby, his brother Ariel, 4, and mum Shiri, 32, died during fighting against Israel.
Hamas chiefs claimed that they were killed in Israeli shelling – but this has not been verified.
Israel is scrambling to verify Hamas’ shocking revelation after the terrorists have repeatedly failed to offer information on the trio.
It comes after the terror group claimed it does not know where dozens of child hostages are being held in Gaza.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani who is leading talks told the Financial Times: “If they (Hamas) get additional women and children, there will be an extension.
“We don’t yet have any clear information how many they can find because … one of the purposes (of the pause in fighting) is they (Hamas) will have time to search for the rest of the missing people.”
Hamas also claimed they hadn’t abducted any civilians – despite their own members recording the act of seizing vulnerable hostages and forcibly returning them to Gaza during the massacre.
About 240 hostages, including Israeli soldiers and sick and elderly civilians, are understood to have been taken hostage by the terror group and held in their web of underground tunnels.
Palestinian civilians have been left fleeing for their lives as Israel attempts to destroy Hamas after the terror group massacred 1,200 civilians on October 7.
Families living in Gaza have been caught in the brutal crossfire, with regular accusations that the terrorists are attempting to use them as “human shields”.
Much of the northern part of the strip has been turned into a devastated warzone – with ruined buildings, dwindling supplies and horrific suffering for Gaza’s people.
The Red Cross estimates that some 1.5million civilians have been forced to flee south amid the Israeli onslaught from land, air and sea.
Figures for the death toll remain unverified – but Hamas’officials claim more than 11,000 civilians, including more than 4,500 children have been killed.
Israel disputes these figures – and US President Joe Biden said he had “no confidence” in them.
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But Benjamin Netanyahu admitted Israel has “not been successful” in reducing civilian casualties.
He said the deaths must be blamed on Hamas – not Israel.