Hamas frees first wave of hostages in Gaza, ceasefire: A rare moment of celebration amid seven weeks of war

Hamas frees first wave of hostages in Gaza, ceasefire: A rare moment of celebration amid seven weeks of war

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According to Israel, the captives were in the hands of Hamas after its fighters breached Gaza’s militarized border with Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 and capturing about 240 Israelis and foreigners.

In response to the deadliest attack in its history, Israel launched an air, artillery and naval offensive to destroy Hamas, killing about 15,000 people, according to the Hamas government in Gaza.

Hamas is expected to free 50 hostages in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners during the ceasefire, part of an agreement negotiated with Israel, Palestinian militant groups, Qatar, Egypt and the United States.

Yoni Asher said, “I am determined to help my family heal from the terrible trauma and loss we went through.” Whose wife Doron and two daughters aged two and four were freed after being held hostage for 49 days in Gaza.

“It’s allowed to feel happy and it’s allowed to shed tears,” Asher said in a video released by the Hostage Families Forum. He vowed not to celebrate until the last of the hostages returned home.

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