Top NewsHamas Frees Third Group of Hostages During Fight With Israel: Live Announcements

Hamas Frees Third Group of Hostages During Fight With Israel: Live Announcements

6:42 pm ET, November 26, 2023

A 4-year-old American was among those freed in another exchange between Israel and Hamas. Here’s the latest

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Undated photo of Abigail Eden.

Elizabeth Hirsch Naftali

Another 17 hostages held in Gaza were freed on Sunday, the third surrender during a four-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The Israeli military said the group included Israelis, dual Israeli citizens and Thai nationals.

Among the freed hostages 4-year-old American-Israeli Abigail Eden Whose release marks the first time an American hostage has been successfully freed since the start of the armistice. US President Joe Biden praised Adan’s release address On Sunday, the White House said it spoke with the girl’s family on Sunday afternoon.

A 4-year-old child is now being treated at a hospital near Tel Aviv, a spokesman for the Hostage and Missing Families Forum told CNN. The other 16 freed hostages were transferred to hospitals by Sunday evening local time, according to a statement released by Israel’s Health Ministry.

Officials released Full list of names of freed hostages and age. Among them are two mothers with their children and a pair of siblings.

If you’re joining us, here are today’s other top headlines:

Palestinian youth released from Israeli prisons: Thirty-nine prisoners and prisoners A total of seven Israeli prisoners were released on Sunday as part of a deal between Israel and Hamas, Israel’s prisons ministry confirmed. The group includes boys 18 years and younger; Two are 15, and one – the youngest – is 14 years old.

Twenty-three of those released have been held in administrative detention, a widely criticized practice in which detainees are unaware of any charges against them and their case is not subject to any legal process.

Talks on extending the ceasefire: Hamas It wants to extend the four-day ceasefire It said in a statement after the latest transfer, with an agreement to free more jailed Palestinians with Israel beyond Monday. Israel’s War Cabinet discussed the possibility At its meeting Sunday evening, a source told CNN, their conditions remain unchanged: Hamas must release an additional 10 hostages for each additional day’s pause in the fighting.
Major countries also support the extension: US President Joe Biden’s target Extend the pause in the fight And to try to ensure the safe release of the hostages and get critical assistance to civilians in the enclave, he told a news conference on Sunday. Qatar, which played a key role in brokering the original deal, said it also hoped to extend the ceasefire.
Aid trucks into Gaza: At the very least 120 support trucks The Egyptian government confirmed that it entered Gaza through the Rafah border on Sunday. Aid to Gaza has been a key factor in maintaining the ceasefire and exchanges between Israel and Hamas.
The hostages leave the hospital: Some Israelis from the first wave of freed hostages— Two family members — announced Sunday that he had been discharged from Schneider Children’s Medical Hospital in Israel. They are the first former hostages to be freed.
Palestinians killed in the West Bank: Eight Palestinians were killed In Israeli firing occupied the west bank In 24 hours, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement on Sunday. CNN has reached out to the Israel Defense Forces for comment on the killings.

This post has been updated with the latest news about freed hostages and possible talks to extend the ceasefire.

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