Live updates: Israel-Hamas war, Gaza hostage release deal, 4-day truce

The released hostages are now in Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said Friday. 

“The Israel Defense Forces salutes and embraces the released hostages upon their return home,” the IDF said in a statement.

They have undergone an initial medical assessment, it added.

The IDF and the Israel Security Agency, also known as Shin Bet, are currently with the released hostages, according to the statement. As they head to Israeli hospitals, IDF soldiers will accompany the hostages, the statement added.

The IDF “reiterates the importance of demonstrating patience and sensitivity during this time out of respect for the released hostages and their families,” it said.

This post has been updated with the IDF’s statement.

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