Ilana Gritzewsky Camhi, a Mexican citizen who was detained by Hamas in Gaza, has been released. This was confirmed by Alicia Bárcena, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, during the afternoon of November 30. The minister reported that the woman's liberation was achieved in collaboration with the Government of Qatar and through coordinated efforts between Mexico's National Intelligence Center and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).
The event underscores the Mexican government's persistent diplomatic efforts to ensure the security and welfare of its citizens overseas. The release of a national from detention in foreign territory often entails intricate diplomatic negotiations and stands as a critical event for the person involved, their family, and the government working on their behalf.
Hostages Return to Israel
Earlier, six Israeli hostages, including individuals with Uruguayan, Mexican, and Russian dual nationalities, were released in the Gaza Strip and returned to Israel. The liberation followed that of two women, one of whom was a French-Israeli dual citizen. The hostages were transferred to Egypt by the Red Cross before being brought to Israel to reunite with their families after nearly eight weeks in captivity.
The release of hostages occurred amidst extended truces and ongoing hostage-prisoner swaps between Israel and Hamas. The temporary pause in fighting in the Gaza Strip has been extended for a seventh day, according to a statement by Israel’s military. The ceasefire continues in light of the mediators’ efforts to proceed with the hostage release process, subject to the agreement's terms. The diplomatic dance continues, with every release marking a step towards a more peaceful resolution.
Hamas Attack on Israel: Dozens of Foreign Citizens Killed, Injured, or Taken Hostage
Dozens of foreign citizens were killed, injured, or taken hostage following the October 7 attack by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas against Israel. The assault resulted in over 1,400 casualties on the Israeli side, including several Latin Americans and Spaniards.
According to international press reports, authorities from their respective countries confirmed the deaths of more than 160 foreign citizens, many of whom also held Israeli nationality. On October 7, Hamas took over 200 Israeli, foreign, and dual-nationality citizens as hostages, according to the latest Israeli government report.