Israel-Hamas war: 4 year old American girl whose parents were killed on October 7 freed by Hamas alongside Israeli and Thai hostages

4-year-old American girl whose parents were killed on October 7, released by Hamas alongside Israeli and Thai hostages

A four-year-old American girl detained by Hamas in Gaza was released on Sunday, November 26, US President Joe Biden said, while the militant group said it had handed over 13 Israeli hostages, three Thais and a person with Russian citizenship in the third day of truce with Israel.

The release of some of the hostages captured when Hamas fighters attacked southern Israel on October 7 is expected to be reciprocated by the Israelis, who are expected to release 39 Palestinian prisoners.

Biden said he hoped the lull in fighting between Israel and Hamas could continue as long as prisoners were released. He said he hoped more Americans would be released by Hamas

Biden said 4-year-old hostage Abigail Edan witnessed her parents being killed by Hamas fighters during the Oct. 7 attack on Israel and has been detained ever since.

“What she endured is unthinkable,” Biden said at a press conference in the US

The four-day truce is the first time in 7 weeks that there has been a lull in fighting. On October 7, Hamas killed 1,200 people and took some 240 hostages back in Gaza, while Israel, in response, vowed to destroy the Hamas militants who rule Gaza, bombing the enclave and mounting a ground offensive in the north that would have killed 14,800 Palestinians, while hundreds of thousands of people were displaced.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Sunday with security forces inside the Gaza Strip and indicated that the campaign was far from over.

“Nothing will stop us and we are convinced that we have the strength, the power, the will and the determination to achieve all the objectives of the war, and that is what we will do,” he said.

Egypt and Qatar acted as mediators on Saturday to maintain the truce.


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