| 17 July 2024, Wednesday |

Berlin welcomes release of Gaza hostages, including two Germans: minister

On Monday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expressed her approval of the release of 11 Gaza hostages, among them “two German teenagers,” as a component of the truce agreement.
“After 52 days of suffering and despair, their mother can hold them in her arms again.
“My thoughts are with the families who are still waiting in fear. We are doing everything we can so that they too can hold them in their arms,” Baerbock posted on X, formerly Twitter.
The release of the two hostages on Monday brings the total number of German passport-holders released by Hamas to 10 — four were released on Friday and four more on Saturday.
Baerbock also welcomed the announcement by Hamas of a truce extension, which she said would allow “precious time for our aid to reach the people of Gaza.”
“And it’s a glimmer of hope so we don’t lose sight of what could happen: concrete steps toward a secure future for all the people in the region.”

  • Arab News