Hamas says intended to release two more hostages, but Israel refused to receive them

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A spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas said on Saturday the group intended to release two more hostages for “humanitarian reasons,” but that Israel had declined to receive them.

Abu Ubaida, the spokesman for the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, said in a brief statement that it informed mediators on Friday of Hamas’ intention to release the two people, the same day it freed Americans Judith Tai Ranaan and her daughter Natalie.

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In a later statement, Abu Ubaida said Hamas was ready to free the two people on Sunday “using the same procedures” involved in the release of Judith and Natalie.

Israel on Saturday described the claim as “propaganda.”

In a brief statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said: “We will not refer to false propaganda by Hamas.”

The statement added: “We will continue to act in every way to return all the kidnapped and missing people home.”

Hamas captured around 210 people during its deadly assault in southern Israel on Oct. 7.

With Reuters

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