Hamas releases two more hostages as British daughter flies to Israel

Hamas has released two additional hostages, with one of the women’s British daughter flying to Israel and expressing relief beyond words.

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, and Nurit Cooper, 79, were carried to Egypt’s Rafah border crossing and placed in ambulances.

Hamas claimed they were released on humanitarian and “poor health” grounds, although their spouses remain imprisoned.

The group shared photographs of masked gunmen feeding and drinking the women as they led them to the handover location, where Red Cross volunteers met them.

More than 200 individuals were abducted during the Hamas attack, but only four have been released, including a US mother and daughter last week.

“While I cannot put into words the relief that she is now safe, I will remain focused on securing the release of my father and all those, some 200 innocent people, who remain hostages in Gaza,” she said.

The two women and their husbands – aged 83 and 84 – were snatched from their homes in Nir Oz, near the Gaza border, as Hamas began its massacre.

Ms Lifschitz told Times Radio her parents had complex health needs and that her father, Oded, had high blood pressure the night before the attack.

The grandson of Yocheved Lifshitz said his grandparents had spent years helping sick Gazans.

“They are human rights activists, peace activists for all their life,” said Daniel Lifshitz.

With many hostages still held prisoner, the US is understood to have asked Israel to delay its ground invasion so more can be freed.

A senior Hamas leader said that all civilians among the hostages would be released if Israel reduced the intensity of bombing Gaza.

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