A Hamas spokesperson, Abu Ubaida, said the hostages were released in response to Qatari mediation efforts, “for humanitarian reasons, and to prove to the American people and the world that the claims made by President Joe Biden and his fascist administration are false and baseless”, the Associated Press reported.
In a statement, Biden said he was “overjoyed” that the two would soon be back with their family, and pledged to continue his efforts to secure the release of additional hostages. “Jill and I have been holding close in our hearts all the families of unaccounted-for Americans.
Qatar said it would continue its dialogue with Israel and Hamas in hopes of winning the release of all hostages “with the ultimate aim of de-escalating the current crisis and restoring peace”.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which also contributed to the release, called for all hostages to be freed and offered to facilitate any future releases.