Hamas has released two American citizens, a mother and her daughter “for humanitarian reasons.”
The step followed efforts by Qatar taken to “prove to the American people and the world that the claims made by United States President Joe Biden and his fascist administration are false and baseless,” a Hamas spokesperson said.
Hamas, however did not identify which hostages it had released.
There was not immediately any Israeli confirmation of the move or footage of the hostages’ released.
The two victims are supposedly in the hands of the Red Cross, CNN claimed.
The only American mother and daughter believed to have been among those kidnapped are Judith Raanan and her 18-year-old daughter, Natalie, who were taken hostage when Hamas stormed Kibbutz Nahal Oz 13 days ago, the Times of Israel previously reported.
The pair from a north Chicago suburb were enjoying a “really special” trip to Israel to celebrate a relative’s birthday and observe the Jewish holiday season when the Hamas war started, their rabbi, Meir Hecht, told the outlet.
“It feels like our community has been violated,” Hecht said of the brutal abduction.
Armed terrorists from Hamas took at least 203 people including young children and the elderly captive and killed hundreds more during the early-morning launch of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7.
The deadly raid which started when Hamas stormed through the border crossing between southern Israel and the Gaza Strip and launched thousands of rockets in the space of just a couple hours kicked off the Israel-Hamas war that has since killed over 1,400 Israelis.
Since the start of the conflict, Israeli officials have vowed to wipe out Hamas while also working to rescue the hostages, many of whom were believed to be held in the terror cells tunnel system underneath Gaza.
At one point, Hamas suggested that the hostages could be exchanged for the approximately 6,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
The group also stated that over 20 hostages had been killed by Israeli airstrikes, but did not provide further details.
Israel subsequently announced that its formidable blockade of the Strip would not end until all the hostages were released.
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