Tag: hostage

  • Former Israeli hostage negotiator says he's cutting off contact with 'evil' Hamas official

    Article content Gershon Baskin, a former hostage negotiator, said he has cut off communication with his primary contact in Hamas after almost 18 years. Baskin is the director of Middle East operations with the International Communities Organisation, an advocacy group that works in conflict zones, and former columnist for The Jerusalem Post. Article content In…

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  • Israeli forces free IDF soldier held hostage in Gaza

    Breadcrumb Trail Links World News Israel & Middle East Pvt. Ori Megidish had reportedly been serving in the IDF’s Nahal Oz Base near the Gaza border as a spotter after enlisting six months ago Published Oct 30, 2023  •  2 minute read Israeli soldier Pte. Ori Megidish, centre, is shown with relatives in an undated…

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  • Mother of Israeli hostage in video pleads for safe return home: 'Bring my baby back'

    Article content Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades on Telegram released unverified footage allegedly showing one of the Israeli captives. The video shows a dazed Mia Schem, 21, having her arm wrapped with bandages. It was the first sign of life from any of the hostages since Gaza-based fighters smashed through border fortifications on Oct. 7, killing more…

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  • Husband of Canadian taken hostage by Hamas is dead in Gaza, kibbutz says

    Breadcrumb Trail Links World News Israel & Middle East Canada Gadi Haggai was married to Judith Weinstein Haggai, a retired Canadian English teacher who is believe to be held hostage by Hamas in Gaza Published Dec 22, 2023  •  3 minute read Judith Weinstein Haggai and her husband Gadi Haggai in an undated photo. Photo…

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  • Israel signals readiness for another hostage exchange

    Article content Israeli leaders have signaled their willingness to negotiate another hostage exchange, with AFP reporting that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh will visit Egypt on Wednesday to hold talks. Hamas still holds 129 hostages. One hundred and ten have been released, most in an earlier deal that Hamas then violated on Nov. 28. Article content On Tuesday, Israeli…

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on hostage deal: 'The war continues'

    Breadcrumb Trail Links World News Shortly after Netanyahu’s speech, Israeli National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi announced that no hostages would be released before Friday Published Nov 22, 2023  •  4 minute read Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media in Tel Aviv on Oct. 28, 2023. Photo by Abir Sultan / Pool Photo…

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  • Netanyahu: Progress made on hostage deal as Cabinet to convene

    Article content Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping there will “soon” be good news regarding a deal to secure the release of some hostages being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, he said on Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s worth saying too much, not at even this moment, but I hope there will…

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  • Body of second Israeli hostage killed by Hamas found near Shifa Hospital in Gaza: IDF

    Article content The Israel Defense Forces said on Friday that it recovered the body of Cpl. Noa Marciano from the Gaza Strip, three days after confirming she was killed by Hamas in captivity. IDF troops found the body in a building adjacent to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and returned it to Israel for identification. Article…

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  • Hostage photos and videos found on laptops at Shifa Hospital, IDF says

    Article content Israeli forces found photos and videos of hostages captured by Hamas on Oct. 7 during its ongoing operation in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital, the Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday. IDF International Spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told a BBC reporting team accompanying soldiers during their targeted raids inside the medical centre that…

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  • Hostage seen in Hamas video confirmed dead by Israel

    Article content One day after Israeli hostage Cpl. Noa Marciano appeared in a Hamas propaganda video, the Israel Defense Forces cleared for publication on Tuesday morning that the 19-year-old had already died in captivity. Marciano, a resident of Modi’in in central Israel, was abducted from Kibbutz Nahal Oz, where she served as a lookout. Article…

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