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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...

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
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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...

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