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Soviet Hamas to release more Russians after Putin's intervention


Hamas will release another group of hostages, including Russians, on Wednesday, November 29. This was stated by the deputy head of the Politburo of the Palestinian group, Musa Abu Marzuk. “Today we will release hostages with Russian citizenship as a sign of gratitude for the position of the Russian leadership,” The Times of Israel quotes Marzuk as saying. The Russians will be released outside the framework of the ceasefire deal, he added.

Note that the first of the hostages with Russian citizenship was released on November 26 as part of the third stage of the exchange deal with Hamas. The day before , Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov met with relatives of Russian citizens held as hostages in the Gaza Strip, who spoke about the measures being taken for their release. Earlier, Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov stated that “five or six Russians” were being held hostage by terrorists.

The group of hostages planned for release will be the sixth since the beginning of the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, reached through the mediation of Qatar and Egypt. Initially, it provided for a ceasefire for four days, but then the regime was extended for another two days. The agreement is valid until Thursday morning. For every day it is extended, Hamas must release at least 10 hostages.