The first group of Israeli hostages – comprising women and children – have been released and handed over to aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Times of Israel reports.
The Guardian reported that the paper cites an Israeli official as it says the freed people are in ambulances on the way from Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, to the Rafah crossing into Israel. The families of the hostages are reportedly on their way to hospitals where they are all to be reunited.
The Thai hostages who were the first to be released today have crossed the border into Israel and are en route to hospital, according to Haaretz. The Guardian has not been able to independently verify this.