Seventh Group of Freed Israeli Hostages Includes Two Muslim Arab Israeli Teens

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Two Muslim Arab teens are among eight Israeli hostages released by Hamas on Thursday night, part of a Bedouin family that was abducted by the Palestinian terror group in its October 7 attack, in which dozens of Muslim and Arab Israelis were also murdered.

The teens, Aisha Ziyadne, 17, and Bilal Ziyadne, 18, were released, but their father, Youssef Hamis, and their 22-year-old brother, Hamza, are still captives.

The family, from the predominantly Bedouin city of Rahat, was described in a profile last month by the Times of Israel:

Youssef, 53, married with two wives and 19 children, was working in the kibbutz cow shed while his 17-year-old daughter, Aisha, was spending time with her father. Two of his sons, Hamza, 22, married and father of two, and Bilal, 18 and single, were also working in the barn with their father and sister.

Aisha, a quiet girl, is engaged to her cousin Rizeq, whom she plans to marry and start a family with after she graduates from high school.

Her brother Bilal loves animals and owns a horse and a camel.

Rumor has it that members of the Israeli Bedouin community wanted to invade Gaza themselves to avenge the murders and abductions by Hamas, but were prevented from doing so by the Israeli military.

The other hostages released include Sapir Cohen (29), Shani Goren (29), Ilana Gritzewsky Kimchi (30), Nili Margalit (41), Mia Shem (21), and Amit Soussana (40).

Aside from the Bibas family children, whom Hamas claims are dead, there are reportedly no more known child hostages in Gaza.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: ‘Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Order’. He is also the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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