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Israel-Hamas Truce Extended With Just Minutes to Spare

Deal had been set to expire as negotiations got difficult

(Newser) - Israel and Hamas on Thursday agreed to extend a temporary truce by another day minutes before it was set to expire, said Qatar, which has been mediating between the two sides. Negotiations on extending it came down to the wire, with last-minute disagreements over the hostages to be freed by...

Hamas Releases 16 More Hostages
Hamas Releases
16 More Hostages

Hamas Releases 16 More Hostages

Talks are underway to extend truce

(Newser) - Hamas released another 16 hostages Wednesday as talks to extend the truce with Israel continued. The BBC reports that two Russian-Israeli women were released to the Red Cross Wednesday and returned to Israel. Another 10 Israelis and four Thai citizens were later released to the Red Cross. Qatari authorities said...

Hamas Claims Youngest Hostage Died in Airstrike

Israel is investigating claims that Kfir Bibas is dead

(Newser) - The youngest of the hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7 is Kfir Bibas, 10 months. On Wednesday, Hamas claimed the infant is dead. The militant group's armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, said Kfir died in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip along with two of the family...

As More Hostages Are Freed, Israel Sees 'Competing Demands'

Whether nation will further extend temporary pause in Gaza fighting or resume the war is a question

(Newser) - Israel said a dozen more hostages—10 Israelis and two Thai nationals—were released Tuesday by Hamas, on the fifth day of a pause in fighting that's set to expire early Thursday. A tweet from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office noted that the families of this newest set...

After Endorsing Antisemitic Post, Musk Visits Israel

With PM Netanyahu at his side, X CEO tours kibbutz attacked by Hamas on Oct. 7

(Newser) - Elon Musk toured an Israeli kibbutz on Monday accompanied by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including the home of a 4-year-old hostage who was abducted when Hamas militants stormed the community on Oct. 7. CNN Business reports that during Musk's visit to Kfar Azza, he and Netanyahu stopped by the...

Hamas Releases First Group of Hostages Under Truce

13 Israelis, 12 Thai nationals are set free as ceasefire begins on Friday

(Newser) - An initial set of hostages abducted from Israel on Oct. 7 has been set free, just as a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas began on Friday, according to media reports and various officials. Thirteen Israelis are said to be in that newly released group, while Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin...

Hamas Confirms Ceasefire Start Time
Hamas Confirms
Ceasefire Start Time

Hamas Confirms Ceasefire Start Time

It will begin at 7am local time Friday before 13 hostages are exchanged for 39 prisoners

(Newser) - We have a date and time: The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will begin at 7am local time Friday (12am EST), allowing humanitarian relief to enter Gaza as hostages taken by Hamas are exchanged for Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, according to a rep from Qatar's Foreign Ministry, which...

At Long Last, a Ceasefire Is Coming
Hostage Deal Will See
Release of 3 Americans
the rundown

Hostage Deal Will See Release of 3 Americans

Israel, Hamas agree to 4-day pause in fighting, which could be extended

(Newser) - Both Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire that will see the release of at least 50 hostages taken by Hamas in the Oct. 7 attack that triggered the deadliest conflict in history between the two enemies. It's believed hostages will be released in groups of 10...

Israel: Hostage Deal Is in the Works
Israel: Hostage Deal
Is in the Works

Israel: Hostage Deal Is in the Works

Cabinet meeting on Tuesday as mediators work on deal that would include temporary ceasefire

(Newser) - Israel's Cabinet was to convene Tuesday to consider a deal for the release of some of the hostages held by Hamas, as troops battled militants in an urban refugee camp in north Gaza and around hospitals overcrowded with patients and sheltering families. Details of any deal, worked out through...

Tel Aviv-to-Jerusalem March Pressures Netanyahu

Hostages' families ask for more empathy from government

(Newser) - Thousands of family members and supporters of some 240 hostages held in Gaza streamed into Jerusalem on Saturday, castigating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government over his management of the war with Hamas and pleading with the government to do more to bring their loved ones home. The march...

Israel: Body of 2nd Hostage Found Near Gaza Hospital

Israeli authorities say body of 19-year-old Noa Marciano was discovered

(Newser) - Israel Defense Forces troops in Gaza say they've found the body of yet another hostage taken during the deadly Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, reports the BBC . The Daily Beast identifies this hostage as 19-year-old Noa Marciano, whose body "was found and extracted by IDF troops adjacent...

Biden to Families of Hostages: 'Hang in There, We're Coming'

He says he believes deal between Hamas, Israel will happen

(Newser) - President Biden said Tuesday that he has a message for people whose loved ones are being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza: "Hang in there, we're coming." Sources tell CNN that after prolonged talks, Israel and Hamas are moving closer to a deal to free some of...

In Hamburg Airport, 'the Hostage Situation Is Over'

Man holding his 4-year-old daughter hostage surrenders with no one injured

(Newser) - The hostage situation at Hamburg Airport ended Sunday afternoon, around 18 hours after a man drove his vehicle through the gates of the airport with his 4-year-old daughter inside, authorities said. The man was arrested and the girl appears to be unharmed, reports the AP . Hamburg police tweeted that "...

US Preps Mass Evacuation of Americans From Mideast
US Preps Mass Evacuation
of Americans From Mideast
the rundown

US Preps Mass Evacuation of Americans From Mideast

Report comes as Israel's bombardment of Gaza escalates

(Newser) - Israel has significantly ramped up its airstrikes on Gaza in anticipation of a ground invasion, with the military saying it has hit more than 720 targets in the last two days, reports the New York Times . The Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, meanwhile, said it logged more than 700 Palestinian deaths...

Israeli Hostage Details Her Ordeal: 'I Went Through Hell'

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, released with Nurit Cooper, says she was beaten with sticks during abduction

(Newser) - Two elderly Israeli women who were held for more than two weeks by Hamas after being abducted on Oct. 7 have been released , and one of them is speaking about her experience. Haaretz and the Times of Israel report that 79-year-old Nurit Cooper and 85-year-old Yocheved Lifshitz, who were both...

'We Cannot Rest,' Say Relatives of Freed American Hostages

Other family members are still being held in Gaza

(Newser) - For cousins of the two American hostages released Friday by Hamas, the ordeal isn't over yet. Eight of their family members are still being held in Gaza, and three have been killed. Ayelet Sella and her brother Or said they were reunited at their home in Israel with Judith...

Hamas Says It Released 2 More Hostages
Hamas Releases
2 More Hostages

Hamas Releases 2 More Hostages

Militants say Egypt, Qatar secured women's release

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Hamas says it has released two more female civilian hostages on "humanitarian and poor health grounds." In a statement on Telegram, Abu Obeida, a spokesman for the group's armed wing said the women were released in response to mediation...

Father Speaks to Freed Hostage
to Freed

Father Speaks to Freed Hostage

Uri Raanan says his teenage daughter should be home for her birthday

(Newser) - The father of freed American hostage Natalie Raanan said Friday she's doing well following two weeks in captivity after she and her mother were abducted in Israel by Hamas and held in Gaza. Uri Raanan told the AP that he spoke to his daughter Friday by telephone. "She'...

Hamas Says It Freed US Woman, Daughter Held Hostage
American Woman, Daughter
Freed by Hamas

American Woman, Daughter Freed by Hamas

Judith Tai Raanan and Natalie Shoshana Raanan of Illinois were taken captive at a kibbutz on Oct. 7

(Newser) - Hamas announced Friday that it had freed two of its hostages in Gaza: an American woman and her daughter. "Judith Tai Raanan and Natalie Shoshana Raanan were released from the hands of the terrorist organization Hamas," a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed in a statement....

'So Petrified': Hostages' Plight Complicates Israeli War

Dozens, at the least, have been abducted

(Newser) - One disturbing element of the surprise assault on Israel has been the number of civilian hostages taken. The New York Times estimates that 150 Israelis were abducted and taken to various locales throughout Gaza. CNN simply says "dozens," though Hamas says the figure is "several times greater"...

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