The terrorist group, Hamas, has released a small group of women and children during the four-day truce between Israel and Gaza. The group released a video of masked gunmen leading the hostages, showcasing the hostages’ interaction with their captors. The hostages appeared to be smiling and waving at the captors as they were being put into the vehicle that would take them out of Gaza.
The hostages included 6 women and 7 children who ranged in age from 8-13. However, it is unclear whether the hostages were coerced into making the video. The release of the hostages is part of a propaganda campaign by Hamas to shape public perception. The group has refused to allow the Red Cross to visit the hostages who have not yet been released.
As part of a deal brokered by the Qatari government, Israel has released about 40 of 150 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a temporary truce in Gaza. Israel has stated that its forces will remain in Gaza and continue to fight Hamas until all of its hostages are returned.