Hamas Release American Hostage: Abigail Eden, 4, Is Home

Another 17 people were freed by Hamas on Sunday in the third day of hostage releases, including the first with U.S. citizenship: a four-year-old girl whose parents were killed in the Oct. 7 attacks. Abigail Edan, one of three hostages with American citizenship, was initially in the hands of the International Committee of the Red … Read more

Netanyahu and Hamas depended on each other. Both may be on the way out.

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave JERUSALEM — In 2009, when Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power for a second run as Israel’s prime minister, a job he has held almost continuously since, he was confronted with a major change in the region: Hamas, a militant Islamist group, had been elected to power in … Read more

UN calls for investigation into reports that Israeli women were raped by Hamas fighters on October 7

UN Women has called for an investigation into reports of violence against Israeli women on October 7. Allegations of rape and gender-based violence have emerged in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. The head of UN Women called for peace and a commitment to both Israeli and Palestinian women. UN Women has called for a … Read more

Lebanese residents of border towns come back during a fragile cease-fire between Hamas and Israel

KFAR KILA, Lebanon — With a cautious calm prevailing over the border area in south Lebanon on Saturday, the second day of a four-day cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, villages that had emptied of their residents came back to life — at least briefly. Shuttered shops reopened, cars moved through the streets, and a family … Read more

Hamas delays release of more Israeli hostages, imperiling Gaza pause

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave JERUSALEM — Hamas said Saturday that it was delaying the release of a second group of Israeli hostages, plunging their deal to pause hostilities and exchange captives into uncertainty. The Al-Qassem Brigades, the Hamas fighting force, cited unspecified failures by Israel in allowing the delivery of humanitarian … Read more

Hamas and Israel to release more captives during pause in Gaza fighting: Live war updates

Israel has received a list of the hostages to be released by Hamas on Saturday, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said, ahead of what was expected to be a second day that captives in Gaza are exchanged for Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Hamas freed 24 hostages on Friday: 13 Israeli, some with dual German citizenship, … Read more

Hamas Has Released 12 Thai Hostages. Here’s What to Know

While Hamas has agreed to release at least 50 Israeli hostages following a deal made with Israel earlier this week, the Gaza-based militant group has also just freed 12 Thai hostages that it’s been holding for weeks as part of a separate deal with Bangkok, according to an announcement on Friday by Egypt’s foreign ministry … Read more

What to Know About the Release of Hamas Hostages, Prisoners

In the most significant development in the weekslong Israel-Hamas war, Hamas released 13 hostages to Israel, according to Israeli media reports, and 12 Thai hostages, in a separate deal, as confirmed by Thai government officials. At around 4:30 p.m. local time, 13 Israeli hostages were transferred to the International Committee of the Red Cross, per … Read more

12 Thai hostages released by Hamas from Gaza, Thai prime minister says

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave SINGAPORE — Hamas has released 12 Thai nationals who were being held hostage in the Gaza Strip, Thailand’s prime minister, Srettha Thavisin, said Friday. Consular officials were on their way to greet them, he said in a post on the social media platform X. The Thai citizens … Read more

Who are the Palestinian prisoners Israel could release in Hamas deal?

The Israeli government said it would release 150 Palestinian prisoners, in exchange for the release of 50 hostages held by Hamas, during a four-day pause in fighting in the Gaza Strip. The deal between the Israeli government and Hamas was brokered by Qatar. The United States also played a large role in the talks over … Read more