Over the past week, Hamas released 80 Israeli women, children and teenagers as part of a ceasefire agreement, replacing them with Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
The Palestinian militants also freed 25 more people not covered by the ceasefire agreement, most of them Thai farm workers, bringing the number of prisoners released during the lull in fighting to 105.
With five hostages already released before the ceasefire, a total of 110 prisoners have returned home alive – 33 children, 49 women and 28 men – out of an initial group of around 240.
As Israel resumes its offensive in Gaza, let’s look at who is still in captivity.
The Israeli government said Friday that 137 people were still being held – 126 Israelis, eight Thais, a Nepali, a Tanzanian and a French-Mexican identified by his family as Orion Hernandez-Radoux, 32.
– Little boy –
AFP has managed to identify 110 of the remaining hostages, mostly through interviews with their relatives or Israeli media reports.
It is far from certain that everyone is alive.
Hamas claims the youngest hostage, 10-month-old Kfir Bibas, was killed along with his mother Shiri Bibas, 32, and brother Ariel, 4, in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza.
Israel has not yet confirmed the fate of the family, which has become a symbol of the brutality of the hostage crisis.
The Israeli government confirmed on Friday the deaths of two hostages: Noa Marciano, a 19-year-old soldier, and Yehudit Weiss, a 65-year-old woman from Kibbutz Beeri.
– At least 17 women –
Apart from the Bibas boys, no other child hostages remain in Gaza.
The last minor to be released was 17-year-old Aisha al-Zayadna, a Bedouin girl who was released along with her 18-year-old brother on the last day of the ceasefire on Thursday.
At least 17 women are still being held in Gaza, including Shiri Bibas.
The oldest are Ofra Keidar and Judith Weinstein Haggai, both 70 years old.
The women include Noa Argamani, a 26-year-old who was filmed screaming “Don’t kill me!” as she was taken away from the desert rave “Tribe of Nova” on a motorcycle. Shortly afterwards, Argamani appeared in a video from Gaza drinking a bottle of water on a couch.
Five women aged 18 to 19 were doing military service when they were kidnapped.
As soldiers, they were excluded from the prisoner exchange.
– Men in their 80s –
At least 91 men are still being held, including 10 between the ages of 18 and 22, most of whom were serving in the military at the time of the October 7 attack.
Some of the men are fathers of children who were released last week along with their mothers, relatives or other families.
They include David Cunio, whose wife Sharon and three-year-old twin daughters Emma and Yuli were released on Monday, and Tal Shoham, whose wife Adina, eight-year-old son Naveh and three-year-old daughter Yahel were released on Saturday.
The father of a French-Israeli boy, 12-year-old Eitan Yahalomi, who was released into his mother’s arms on Monday, is also still being held.
Some of the men are in their 70s and 80s.
More than a month after Hamas released two elderly women, Yocheved Lifshitz and Nurit Kuper, their husbands Oded Lifshitz, 83, and Amiram Kuper, 85, are still being held.
Oded Lifshitz was described by his family as a passionate human rights defender from Kibbutz Nir Oz who used to drive people from Gaza to hospital.
– Dozens of ravers –
At least 33 people kidnapped during the Hamas massacre at the Tribe of Nova festival are still being held. Only five were released during the ceasefire, including 21-year-old French-Israeli Mia Shem.
Of the others, at least 28 come from Kibbutz Nir Oz near the border with the Gaza Strip, where at least 71 of its approximately 400 residents were kidnapped.
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