In a significant development, Hamas has released two Russian-Israeli dual nationals, Elena Trufanova and her mother Irina Tatti, who were among approximately 240 hostages taken by the group. This move followed negotiations between Hamas and the Kremlin, with the efforts of the Russian President playing a crucial role in facilitating their release.
Hamas's Hostage Release
The release, which marks the liberation of three hostages holding Russian citizenship since Sunday, comes amidst a tense situation. Trufanova and Tatti were kidnapped from Trufanova's residence in Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7, during which her husband was tragically killed. The conflict escalated with Israel accusing Hamas of a truce violation, leading to the restarting of military operations.
Negotiations and Diplomacy
In late October, a senior Hamas delegation visited Moscow to discuss the release of foreign hostages and the evacuation of Russian and other foreign nationals from Gaza. The Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov's efforts seem to have borne fruit with the recent releases. However, the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel came to an end, according to the Israel Defense Forces, which claimed early Friday morning that Hamas had violated the cease-fire.
Family's Ordeal Continues
While Maria Leizerovich, Trufanova's sister, expressed her relief upon hearing the news of the release, she emphasized that their ordeal would not end until all family members, including Trufanova's son and his fiance, were freed. This ongoing crisis highlights the human cost of the conflict, as families await the safe return of their loved ones.