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UN Officials Claim Possible 'War Crimes' in Hostage Raid

Israeli soldiers were disguised as refugees looking for a place to live: ABC

(Newser) - The special operation that freed four Israeli hostages from a neighborhood in Gaza on Saturday began with Israeli forces disguised as Palestinian refugees, ABC News reports. The soldiers claimed to be looking for a place to live when they entered the buildings where hostages were being held in Nuseirat, sources...

Hostage Code: 'The Diamonds Are In Our Hands'
Hostage Code: 'The
Diamonds Are In Our Hands'
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Hostage Code: 'The Diamonds Are In Our Hands'

Details on how the rescue in Gaza unfolded

(Newser) - New details are emerging about Israel's surprise rescue of four hostages taken from Gaza on Saturday morning. A look at coverage:
  • Weeks of planning: The New York Times reports on the military operation itself on two buildings in a residential neighborhood of Nuseirat, central Gaza. It followed weeks of

4 Hostages Rescued in a 'Miraculous Triumph'

Israel says they're in good condition after 'complex' operation in Nuseirat

(Newser) - Israel said Saturday it rescued four hostages who were kidnapped in a Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7. The army said it rescued Noa Argamani, 25; Almog Meir, 21; Andrey Kozlov, 27; and Shlomi Ziv, 40, in a complex special daytime operation, per the AP . The hostages, who were said to...

Hostages' Families Push for Biden's Ceasefire Plan

'This might be the last chance to save lives,' says one relative advocating for proposal on Gaza

(Newser) - Families of Israeli hostages held by Hamas called for all parties to immediately accept a proposal detailed by US President Biden to end the nearly eight-month-long war and bring their relatives home, but Israel's government said conditions for a ceasefire still must be met. Biden outlined a three-phase deal...

Israel Recovers Bodies of 3 More Hostages

Military says men were killed on Oct. 7

(Newser) - The bodies of three more hostages killed on Oct 7. were recovered overnight from Gaza, Israel's military said Friday. The Israel Defense Forces said the bodies of Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum, and Orion Hernandez Radoux were found and their families were notified, the AP reports. The military said they...

Families of Israeli Hostages Share Disturbing Video

Footage shows female soldiers being abducted by Hamas

(Newser) - In an effort to increase pressure on Israel, the families of hostages taken by Hamas during its October 7 attacks on the country have released disturbing video of some of the abductions. The footage was recorded via bodycam worn by Hamas captors and was previously released by Hamas. The Hostages...

Hamas Video Shows Hostage Survived Brutal Oct. 7 Injury

Hersh Goldberg-Polin's hand and part of his left forearm are missing in video

(Newser) - Hamas on Wednesday released a video showing one of the "most recognizable" hostages who still remain in Gaza, as CNN describes Hersh Goldberg-Polin. The video offers proof the Israeli-American is still alive, having survived what a witness described as a serious injury on Oct. 7. The 23-year-old was at...

In Israel-Hamas Talks, a Troubling Snag With Hostages

Hamas may not have the requested 40 living hostages who are women or older men

(Newser) - A ceasefire deal being negotiated between Israel and Hamas calls on the latter group to release 40 living hostages who are women, men over 50, or people with serious medical problems. However, in a potentially grim development, Hamas says it doesn't have that many hostages in those categories, reports...

Body of Israeli Hostage Found in Raid, Sister Slams Bibi

Body of Elad Katzir, 47, recovered in Gaza's Khan Younis, has been returned to Israel, military says

(Newser) - The body of a hostage taken from Israel during Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel was recovered by the nation's military during an overnight raid in the Gaza city of Khan Younis, reports the BBC . "The body of ... Elad Katzir, who according to intelligence was murdered in captivity,...

Cops: Hostages Released From Club, but 'Situation Is Not Over'
Dutch Hostage Drama
Ends Peacefully

Dutch Hostage Drama Ends Peacefully

Man was arrested after 4 hostages freed

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Dutch police detained a man Saturday after he left a nightclub where four people had been held hostage for hours, bringing a peaceful end to a tense standoff in Ede, a town around 50 miles southeast of Amsterdam. "We are exceptionally...

Israeli Hostage Details Sexual Assault by Hamas

Amit Soussana tells 'NYT' she was forced into sexual act at gunpoint, beaten, tortured

(Newser) - President Biden has condemned the sexual violence said to have been perpetrated by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, and late last year, the New York Times provided a detailed account of the systemic use of sexual abuse the militant group is said to have carried out. Then,...

Israel: Release Hostages or We Move on Rafah
Israel Has Set a
Ramadan Deadline
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Israel Has Set a Ramadan Deadline

Benny Gantz of Israel's war cabinet says if hostages aren't released, they'll move on Rafah

(Newser) - Despite opposition from the US, Israel's planned ground offensive in the southern Gazan town of Rafah, where 1.3 million people are sheltering , will begin within weeks if Hamas doesn't release the 100 Israeli hostages thought to remain alive, a member of Israel's war cabinet said Sunday....

128 Days After Kidnapping, an 'Impressive Rescue Operation'

Israeli forces say they rescued 2 hostages in Rafah in gunfire-ridden raid on Hamas

(Newser) - Two more hostages taken during the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel are home. Israeli forces said Monday morning that they rescued Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, during an overnight raid in Rafah, amid Israeli airstrikes against the city in southern Gaza, reports CNN . According to the...

Police Storm Train After Man Takes 16 People Hostage

Axe-wielding Iranian man was shot dead during incident in Switzerland

(Newser) - Swiss police say a 32-year-old Iranian asylum-seeker was killed by police after he used an axe and a knife to seize more than a dozen hostages for several hours on a train in western Switzerland. No passengers were injured. The man took the hostages early Thursday evening and police, alerted...

Families of Hostages Are 'Escalating Their Campaign'

Relatives of those taken by Hamas on Oct. 7 protest outside Netanyahu's home in Israel

(Newser) - Relatives of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza protested Saturday outside the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing frustration over his government's seeming lack of progress in getting the more than 100 captives released as the war in Gaza drags on. A group representing families of the...

Hundreds Mark 'Saddest Birthday,' a Hostage's First

Israeli family knows little about the condition of Kfir Bibas

(Newser) - Between 9 and 12 months old, babies learn to stand, say their first word, maybe take their first steps. As the family members of Kfir Bibas, the youngest Israeli held hostage in Gaza, celebrated his first birthday without him, they wondered which, if any, of the typical milestones they missed...

American-Israeli Woman Taken by Hamas Is Dead

Judith Weinstein is now believed to have been killed on Oct. 7, says her kibbutz

(Newser) - Relatives of an American-Israeli couple missing since the Oct. 7 Hamas received a first blow last week when 73-year-old Gad Haggai was revealed to be dead. On Thursday came the second blow, with news that his wife, 70-year-old Judith Weinstein, also is dead, reports Fox News . Hamas still has the...

She May Have Been Seized by a Mob, Not Hamas
She May Have Been
Seized by a Mob, Not Hamas
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She May Have Been Seized by a Mob, Not Hamas

NBC reports Noa Argamani was likely abducted by Gazan men who followed the militants

(Newser) - Fourteen women remain held captive after the Hamas raid of Israel in October, and the medialine has details on all of them. The name likely to be most familiar on the list is that of Noa Argamani, who was taken hostage at the Nova music festival . Video of a terrified-looking...

Israeli Official: Killing of 3 Hostages Was Against 'Rules of Engagement'

Men killed in friendly fire had been waving white flag, official adds, raising questions on IDF conduct

(Newser) - Three Israeli hostages who were mistakenly shot by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip had been waving a white flag and were shirtless when they were killed, an Israeli military official said Saturday. Anger over the mistaken killings is likely to increase pressure on the Israeli government to renew Qatar-mediated...

Israel: We Found Dead Hostages in Tunnel

Remains of 2 hostages have been repatriated, military says

(Newser) - Israel's military says it has found the bodies of two hostages captured by Hamas. The remains of Eden Zakaria, 27, taken Oct. 7 from a music festival in Re'im, and Master Sgt. Ziv Dado, 36, a logistics supervisor in the army who was presumed to have died during...

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