With intense focus on the hostages released by Hamas, a quiet but crucial part has been played by an organization at the center of their handover, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Report informs, citing BBC.

So far, 58 hostages—40 Israelis and 12 Thais—have been released to the ICRC. The organization was not involved in the negotiations around the terms for a release but was standing by to facilitate the release once those terms had been agreed upon.