February 24, 2024

Israel has verified the identities of 10 hostages who regained their freedom on Tuesday night, having been held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip for 52 days. The group consists predominantly of elderly hostages and specific family members. An additional two Thai citizens were also released by Hamas on Tuesday. Ditza Heiman, 81, is known for her “grandma’s soup,” and lived in Kibbutz Nir Oz. She locked herself in a safe room during the Hamas attacks on October 7, but the last contact with her was when she spoke in Arabic on the phone around 10 a.m. Tamar Metzger, 78, along with her husband Yoram, 80, went into their bomb shelter on Kibbutz Nir Oz during the Hamas rocket attacks. Yoram’s grandson was in touch with him until the phone went silent. Another group member, Noralin Babadilla Agojo, 60, was visiting friends in Kibbutz Nirim when she was kidnapped by Hamas after the tragic death of her partner, Gidon Babani. Ada Sagi, 75, a mother of three, learned Arabic in order to communicate with her neighbors close to Kibbutz Nir Oz and last contacted her son at 9:20 a.m. on October. Yair Yaakov, 59, and his girlfriend, Merav Tal, 53, were captured from their home on Kibbutz Nir Oz during the Hamas attacks. Rimon Kirsht Buchshtav, 36, and her husband, Yagev Buchshtav, 34, were also taken hostages from Kibbutz Nirim on October 7. Argentine olah, Ofelia Roitman, 77, was taken captive since Hamas captured her from her home on Kibbutz Nir Oz. Lastly, Clara Marman, 62, and her partner Louis Har were taken hostage along with her siblings, Fernando Marman and Gabriela Leimberg, 59, and Gabriela’s daughter, Mia Leimberg, 17, and were captured by Hamas and taken to Gaza.