Warped Hamas warlords REFUSE to release youngest hostage instead handing TEN-MONTH-OLD Kfir Bibas to separate Palestine terror group operating in southern city expected to be obliterated by IDF when ceasefire ends – as Israel welcomes 11 captives home
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Israel has claimed that Hamas has moved its youngest hostage into the IDF’s firing line, hours after it tonight received the fourth group of hostages from the terror group. 

Hamas has handed ten-month-old Kfir Bibas to a separate Palestinian terror group in the southern city of Khan Younis, an IDF spokesperson today claimed. 

Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Colonel Avihai Adrei said the ‘babies with the red hair’ were ‘now being held by one of the factions’ in the area around Khan Younis, Gaza, according to a message posted on X. 

Baby Kfir had just learned to walk when he, along with his brother Ariel, four, and his mother Shiri, 32, was taken from his family’s home in Kibbutz Nir Oz during Hamas’ incursion on October 7. 

During the deadly attack on Israel, Shiri, her husband Yarden, 34, and the two young boys desperately hid in a safe room armed only with a pistol, only to be taken out as Hamas gunmen smashed down their door. 

Baby Kfir (pictured) had just learned to walk when he, along with his brother Ariel, four, and his mother Shiri, 32, was taken from his family's home in Kibbutz Nir Oz

Baby Kfir (pictured) had just learned to walk when he, along with his brother Ariel, four, and his mother Shiri, 32, was taken from his family’s home in Kibbutz Nir Oz

Agam Goldstein-Almog, 17, (pictured, centre) was seen back in the arms of her loved ones after spending weeks as a hostage

Agam Goldstein-Almog, 17, (pictured, centre) was seen back in the arms of her loved ones after spending weeks as a hostage

One as-yet-unidentified hostage was seen leaving Hamas custody in a wheelchair, while several others were seen in bright pink clothes

One as-yet-unidentified hostage was seen leaving Hamas custody in a wheelchair, while several others were seen in bright pink clothes

Yuli Cunio, three, Emma Cunio, three, and Sharon Aloni Cunio, 34, (pictured) were all released today

Yuli Cunio, three, Emma Cunio, three, and Sharon Aloni Cunio, 34, (pictured) were all released today 

Tal Goldstein-Almog, 9, (pictured) was seen being cradled by his loved ones after he and the other hostages arrived back in Israel

Tal Goldstein-Almog, 9, (pictured) was seen being cradled by his loved ones after he and the other hostages arrived back in Israel 

The image of the two young boys being carried by their weeping mother, Shiri, as they were marched from their homes was one of the most striking to be published in the early days of the Israel-Hamas war

The image of the two young boys being carried by their weeping mother, Shiri, as they were marched from their homes was one of the most striking to be published in the early days of the Israel-Hamas war

The image of the two young boys being carried by their weeping mother, Shiri, as they were marched from their homes was one of the most striking to be published in the early days of the Israel-Hamas war. 

Yarden’s fate is unknown, and it is believed that he is either dead or one of the roughly 200 hostages remaining in Hamas custody. 

Their family said in a statement today: ‘We are experiencing moments of great uncertainty. The realisation that we will not get the hug we wished for leaves us speechless.’

While it is not known exactly which group currently holds the family, military analyst Michael Horowitz said: ‘It appears they may be in the hands of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).’

The PFLP is one of the largest groups that form the political coalition that claims to represent the West Bank and Gaza. 

It does not recognise Israel as a state, and has historically pushed for a one-state solution with Palestine at the steering wheel. 

The hostages are now safely back in Israel, after spending weeks in Hamas' custody

The hostages are now safely back in Israel, after spending weeks in Hamas’ custody 

The hostages released tonight were largely made up of young children, teenagers and mothers

The hostages released tonight were largely made up of young children, teenagers and mothers

The hostages were handed over to the Red Cross tonight

The hostages were handed over to the Red Cross tonight

The group are believed to be holding the Bibas family in Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip’s second city, which in 2017 was home to just over 205,000 people. 

Though they may be held by a different group, IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said the responsibility for the hostages remained with Hamas. 

The city is set to be the next target in Israel’s bloody offensive against the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed over 14,000, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. 

Israel urged Palestinians living in the city to leave just over a week ago, suggesting it will soon be the site of renewed fighting once the now-extended ceasefire concludes. 

Mark Regev, an adviser to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, told MSNBC earlier this month: ‘We’re asking people to relocate. I know it’s not easy for many of them, but we don’t want to see civilians caught up in the crossfire.

Regev said that IDF troops would need to go into the city to take out Hamas fighters from underground tunnels. 

Sahar Kalderon, 16, was held by Hamas for over seven weeks, and was today released under the extended ceasefire deal

Sahar Kalderon, 16, was held by Hamas for over seven weeks, and was today released under the extended ceasefire deal 

Erez Kalderon, 12, was today released by Hamas terrorists after being captive for over seven weeks

Erez Kalderon, 12, was today released by Hamas terrorists after being captive for over seven weeks

He said he was ‘pretty sure’ Palestinians who needed to relocate from the city ‘won’t have to move again’ if they headed west, towards the Mediterranean Sea.

It is currently unclear when fighting in the Gaza Strip will resume, as Hamas and Israel are currently nearing the end of a since-extended ceasefire. 

The temporary truce, originally set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was extended just hours before the initial agreement was due to end and suggesting that more hostages will be released from Gaza this week.

The terms of the truce agreement pausing the fighting in the Gaza Strip say it can be extended beyond its initial four-day term as long as 10 hostages are released for each extra day, with three times as many Palestinians freed in return.

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said the truce had been extended by two more days, suggesting Hamas intends to released another 20 hostages on top of the 50 hostages that were set to be released over the first four days.

11 more hostages held by Hamas are now back on Israeli soil, after the fourth exchange of hostages and prisoners. 

The brothers were seen in good spirits wearing earmuffs in a convoy that is currently taking them back to Israel

The brothers were seen in good spirits wearing earmuffs in a convoy that is currently taking them back to Israel

Despite the smiles, many of the children released have been forced to leave members of their families behind

Despite the smiles, many of the children released have been forced to leave members of their families behind

Brothers Tal Goldstein-Almog, 9, and Gal Goldstein-Almog, 11, were seen in the company of 'an elite unit of the IDF', as spokesperson Daniel Hagari described them

Brothers Tal Goldstein-Almog, 9, and Gal Goldstein-Almog, 11, were seen in the company of ‘an elite unit of the IDF’, as spokesperson Daniel Hagari described them 

IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said tonight that ‘an elite unit of the IDF’ accompanied the group, all young children, teenagers and mothers, back to Israel, where they will undergo a medical assessment. 

‘Our forces will accompany the returnees until they reach their families in the hospitals.’

All 11 hostages, made up of three French citizens, two German citizens and six Argentinian citizens, being released tonight were all taken by Hamas from Kibbutz Nir Oz, a settlement just a mile-and-a-half away from the Gaza border with a pre-incursion population of around 400. 

The hostages, almost all of whom are young children and teenagers, have been named as: Yuli Cunio, three, Emma Cunio, three, Sharon Aloni Cunio, 34, Karina Engelbert, 51, Yagil Jacob, 12, Erez Kalderon, 12, Sahar Kalderon, 16, Or Jacob, 16, Yuval Engel, 11, Mika Engel, 18, and Eitan Yahalomi, 12.

But fears from earlier tonight that Hamas would split up families have seemingly been confirmed, as many of the children released have been forced to leave their loved ones behind. 

All 11 hostages came from the same settlement, Kibbutz Nir Oz, which lies just a mile-and-a-half away from the Gaza border and had a pre-incursion population of around 400

All 11 hostages came from the same settlement, Kibbutz Nir Oz, which lies just a mile-and-a-half away from the Gaza border and had a pre-incursion population of around 400

Despite the happy scenes,  spokesperson for the hostages families tonight told MailOnline: 'Every single child that has been released tonight is being returned while their father is being left in Hamas captivity in Gaza'

Despite the happy scenes,  spokesperson for the hostages families tonight told MailOnline: ‘Every single child that has been released tonight is being returned while their father is being left in Hamas captivity in Gaza’

The Cunio family are still missing their father, David, after they were all taken from Nir Oz during Hamas’ incursion. 

Twelve-year-old Eitan will also be missing his father, Ohad, who remains a Hamas prisoner. 

Eitan’s mother, Bat Sheva, previously revealed that motorcycle riding Hamas militants tried to kidnap her and her children from their Nir Oz home, but she managed to jump off with her two daughters.

She added that she was terrified that her Manchester City-supporting son will not be the same following his seven-week stint as a hostage. 

The Kalderon family, who will soon be reunited with 16-year-old Sahar and 12-year-old Erez, are also missing their father, 53-year-old Oher. 

It is not currently known whether the hostages released tonight ever had contact with other members of their family who were also being held by Hamas. 

A spokesperson for the hostages families tonight told MailOnline: ‘Every single child that has been released tonight is being returned while their father is being left in Hamas captivity in Gaza. Very hard to swallow.’ 

The Red Cross was waiting for the hostages for the fourth time in as many days

The Red Cross was waiting for the hostages for the fourth time in as many days

Images of Hamas handing over the 11 hostages revealed its militants stood in a parade as the civilians walked towards a Red Cross van

Images of Hamas handing over the 11 hostages revealed its militants stood in a parade as the civilians walked towards a Red Cross van

All 11 hostages came from the same settlement, Kibbutz Nir Oz. The head of the kibbutz, Osnat Peri, tonight said in a statement: ‘The news this evening brings a sigh of relief to our community.’

He said that he and his community are still ‘deeply concerned about our loved ones that are still held hostage’, adding that of the hostages still left in Gaza, 49 are from Nir Oz. 

Three of the hostages were French, and the country’s president Emmanuel Macron tonight said in a post to X: ‘Three of our young compatriots are part of the group of hostages released today.

‘Extremely happy with this announcement.’

Images of Hamas handing over the 11 hostages revealed its militants stood in a parade as the civilians walked towards a Red Cross van, which took them back to Israeli officials. 

One as-yet-unidentified hostage was seen leaving Hamas custody in a wheelchair, while several others were seen in bright pink clothes. 

Raz Asher (left), four, her two-year-old sister Aviv (right) and their mother Doron, 34, reunite with their father and husband Yoni at the Schneider Children's Medical Center

Raz Asher (left), four, her two-year-old sister Aviv (right) and their mother Doron, 34, reunite with their father and husband Yoni at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center

Keren Munder, 54, and her son Ohad Munder, age 9, with his father and a family member at the Schneider Children's Medical Center. Keren and Ohad were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on October 7

Keren Munder, 54, and her son Ohad Munder, age 9, with his father and a family member at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center. Keren and Ohad were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on October 7

A group of Israelis celebrate as a helicopter carrying hostages released from the Gaza Strip lands at the helipad of the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel

A group of Israelis celebrate as a helicopter carrying hostages released from the Gaza Strip lands at the helipad of the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel

Qatar‘s foreign ministry tonight said in a post to X that 33 Palestinian civilians held in Israeli jails will be freed in exchange, as part of the temporary ceasefire deal that was today extended by two days.

The deal is understood to have gone down to a wire and seemed on the verge of unravelling. 

Hamas had accused Israel of failing to keep its side of the bargain and Israel was threatening to resume its lethal onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

But mediators were able to pull it back from the brink, a feat that involved the first ever public visit by Qatari officials to Israel, according to AP.

Oria Brodutch jumps onto the arms of his father, Avihai Brodutch, shortly after they were reunited in Israel on November 26

Oria Brodutch jumps onto the arms of his father, Avihai Brodutch, shortly after they were reunited in Israel on November 26

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) meets soldiers at undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) meets soldiers at undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Gaza Strip, during a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Gaza Strip, during a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel

Israeli media this afternoon reported Hamas had amended the hostage list ahead of today’s exchange, cutting down the number of people it would set free.

The government was said to be ‘not happy’ with the list of hostages due to be released because it is made up of children and elderly women – suggesting yet more families are to be split up because children will not be released with their parents.

European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said the extension of the current truce in Gaza is within reach, and that it would allow international community to work on a political solution to the conflict.

He said that the Palestinian Authority needs to regain control of Gaza from Hamas, offering a ‘better and viable’ alternative to it.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was resolute in his intentions to crush Hamas, declaring his forces would resume its offensive ‘with all of our might’ once the truce expires, which it is now set to do on Tuesday, unless another deal is struck.



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