9:10 p.m. ET, November 25, 2023
Hamas releases video showing handover to Red Cross officials of second group of hostages
Hamas has released a video showing the handover of the second group of hostages released to Red Cross officials from captivity inside Gaza.
The video is similar to one released
after the first group of hostages were freed on Friday, and consists of a series of edited clips. It was released on the social media platforms of the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing.
CNN was not present at any of the locations when the clips were filmed and had no control over the content.
The video shows several of the Israeli children being handed over to Red Cross officials, as well as Maya Regev, who was later sent to a hospital for treatment. She is seen making her way to the back of a Red Cross vehicle on crutches.
Some of the hostages are holding hands as they walk to the vehicles.
Hamas fighters in black balaclavas and green bandanas are present at all the handovers, along with Red Cross officials wearing white jackets and bibs clearly marked with the Red Cross logo.
In several of the clips, the gunmen wave goodbye to the hostages, who appear to have little choice but to wave and smile in return — a response under duress that likely reflects their relief at going home after seven weeks in captivity.
Another clip shows the four Thai nationals also being escorted to a Red Cross vehicle and climbing in the back. They, too, appear to feel coerced into waving and giving the ‘thumbs up’ sign to their captors.
All the clips were filmed after sundown and it is not clear if the handover points were the same as on Friday.
Unlike the video of the first group handover yesterday, the clip has audio throughout.
Context: So far 41 hostages have been released in the first two days of the truce. Thirteen Israeli civilians were freed along with 11 foreign nationals in the initial exchange on Friday, followed by another 13 Israelis and four Thai nationals on Saturday.