Israel-Palestine Conflict: While the US reportedly released Israel to postpone a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip, Hamas released two Israeli women who were among the more than 200 hostages abducted during its October 7 rampage in southern Israel.
The ladies, identified as 79-year-old Nurit Cooper and 85-year-old Yocheved Lifshitz, were turned over to the Israeli military and would be transported to a medical institution, according to a statement released by the prime minister’s office in Israel.
Israel attacked Hamas right away, and the Gaza Health Ministry reports that over 5,000 Palestinians have died as a result of Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Here’re top 10 updates
- On Monday, Hamas announced the release of two Israeli women hostages for “compelling humanitarian” reasons, facilitated by mediation from Qatar and Egypt.
- The released hostages were taken to the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, following the recent release of two American women hostages, Judith Tai Raanan and her daughter Natalie Shoshana Raanan.
- Reports suggest that Hamas may consider releasing another 50 hostages, and Red Cross representatives are reportedly on their way to Gaza to assist with the release of hostages who hold dual nationalities.
- Tel Aviv has confirmed a total of 222 hostages, and Israel’s army is preparing for potential military action to dismantle Hamas, despite warnings from former US President Barack Obama regarding the human costs.
- Israel is determined to bring the hostages home but is not willing to delay a possible ground invasion of Gaza if necessary, according to Energy Minister Israel Katz.
- Israel has stated that Hamas is responsible for the deaths of 1,400 people, marking the worst attack in the nation’s history.
- Gaza’s health ministry reports a death toll of over 5,000, including over 2,000 children, with Israel conducting more than 300 new strikes in 24 hours.
- The European Union is considering a call for a humanitarian pause in the Israel-Hamas war, while the US has expressed concerns that a ceasefire would benefit Hamas by allowing them to regroup for further attacks.
- President Joe Biden has emphasized that discussions about a Gaza ceasefire can only take place after Hamas releases all hostages seized in the October 7 attack.