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4-year-old US girl released by Hamas, Joe Biden hopes to extend Gaza ceasefire

Hamas freed a four-year-old American girl, President Joe Biden said, on the third day of a ceasefire with Israel, as the terrorist organization said it had returned 13 Israeli captives, three Thai and one with Russian citizenship. , news agency Reuters reported. The release of some of the hostages kidnapped when Hamas militants attacked southern Israel on October 7 is expected to be mirrored by Israel’s release of another group of 39 Palestinian captives, as has happened on other days of the ceasefire .

Biden expressed hope that the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas would continue until the detainees are released. He expressed hope that other Americans would be released by Hamas, but had no definitive news.

According to Biden, 4-year-old hostage Abigail Aden had watched her parents be killed by Hamas gunmen during the October 7 invasion of Israel and had been held since then.

“What she endured is unimaginable,” Biden said.

He added, “Under this agreement, fighting in Gaza has now been halted for three days. During this time, 58 hostages, including Thai, Filipino and Russian nationals, have been released.”

The four-day ceasefire is the first in seven weeks after Hamas killed 1,200 people and returned 240 detainees to Gaza.

As a result of that incident, Israel has threatened to eliminate the Hamas militants who rule Gaza, shelling the territory and launching a land offensive in the north. According to Gaza health officials, 14,800 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more have been displaced.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to security personnel inside Gaza, indicating that the operation was not yet over.

“No one will stop us and we are confident that we have the strength, power, will and determination to achieve all the goals of the war and that is what we will do,” he said.



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