Tag: Kidnapping and Hostages

What a Tel Aviv Plaza Means to Hostage Families and Supporters

A week after Hamas-led terrorists stormed his kibbutz and kidnapped his wife and three young children, Avihai Brodutch planted himself on the sidewalk in front of army headquarters in Tel Aviv holding a sign scrawled with the words “My family’s in Gaza,” and said he would not budge until they were brought home. Passers-by stopped […]

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After Hamas Captured Their Sons, 2 American Families Became Activists

One hundred and three days after Omer Neutra was taken prisoner by Hamas, his parents, Ronen and Orna, found themselves in the basement of the United States Capitol, looking for an exit. Andrea Mitchell, the NBC News journalist, stood with them, eager for an interview. Beside Ms. Mitchell were two Senate staff members, with orders […]

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Palestinians Flee as Israeli Forces Raid Nasser Hospital in Gaza

The Israeli military on Thursday raided the largest hospital still functioning in the Gaza Strip, in what it called a search for Hamas fighters and the bodies of hostages. Many people who had sought shelter there were forced to flee from combat once again. Explosions and gunfire rocked the hospital in the city of Khan […]

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Talks in Cairo Aim for a Deal to Halt Gaza War and Free Hostages

Negotiators from multiple countries met in Cairo on Tuesday, struggling to reach an agreement to temporarily stop the war in the Gaza Strip, as international concern mounted over Israel’s plan to press its ground offensive into the city of Rafah, where more than half of the territory’s population has sought refuge. Talks involving lower-level officials […]

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Israeli Raid in Rafah Rescues 2 Hostages and Kills Dozens, Officials Say

Israeli special operations forces raided a building in the southern Gazan city of Rafah early Monday and freed two hostages held by Hamas, the military said, as Israel launched a wave of attacks that killed dozens of Palestinians in the city, according to the Gazan health ministry. The nighttime operation — only the second time […]

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Israel Says It Rescued 2 Hostages From Rafah

Israeli security forces said early Monday that they had rescued two hostages who were being held in the southern Gazan city of Rafah, in one of the few examples of a successful hostage rescue in Gaza since the start of the war. The hostages, Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, were undergoing tests […]

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Some Hostages’ Families Say Israel Should Keep Fighting Hamas

As mediators pursue a deal that would free hostages from Gaza in exchange for a pause in Israel’s military campaign, a small group of relatives of Israeli hostages says that the government should keep waging war against Hamas — even if it prolongs their loved ones’ captivity. Family members of three hostages say that Israel […]

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Hamas Gives ‘Positive’ Reply to Hostage and Cease-Fire Plan in Gaza

Hamas has answered a proposal that could halt fighting in the Gaza Strip, release the remaining hostages there and allow more aid to reach desperate Palestinians, U.S. and Qatari leaders said on Tuesday, offering a hint of wary optimism after four brutal months of war. But no deal has been struck, and it is not […]

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Internal Israeli Report Says a Fifth of the Remaining Hostages Have Died

More than a fifth of the remaining hostages being held in Gaza are dead, according to an internal assessment conducted by the Israeli military. Israeli intelligence officers have concluded that at least 32 of the remaining 136 hostages captured by Hamas and its allies on Oct. 7 have died since the start of the war, […]

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Netanyahu’s Bind: Compromise in Gaza or Power at Home

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is fighting two parallel battles, one in Gaza and another at home — and neither is going according to plan. In Gaza, Mr. Netanyahu is leading a military campaign to defeat Hamas and free the remaining Israeli hostages captured during the Oct. 7 attack on Israel. At home, he […]

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Choosing Rebirth Over Revenge After My Release From Gaza

In Israel, the Shoah, or Holocaust, has often been spoken of in recent years alongside tekumah, meaning rebirth, after the survivor generation chose to rebuild a nation rather than lose itself to grief and vengeance. Molded by that spirit, Israel became a refuge for Jews in danger the world over, and has healed its relationships […]

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Negotiators Close In on Hostage Deal That Would Halt Fighting in Gaza for Weeks

American-led negotiators are edging closer to an agreement in which Israel would suspend its war in Gaza for about two months in exchange for the release of more than 100 hostages still held by Hamas, a deal that could be sealed in the next two weeks and would transform the conflict consuming the region. Negotiators […]

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New Hope for Hostage Talks, and Trump Takes the Stand

The New York Times Audio app is home to journalism and storytelling, and provides news, depth and serendipity. If you haven’t already, download it here — available to Times news subscribers on iOS — and sign up for our weekly newsletter. The Headlines brings you the biggest stories of the day from the Times journalists […]

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Haiti Threatened by Armed Environmental Group

In Haiti, as the number of murders soar and kidnappings rise, even the police are fleeing. With no elected president in office and a prime minister widely seen as illegitimate, calls for the government’s ouster are now being heard from an unlikely source: a brigade of armed officers ostensibly responsible for protecting environmentally sensitive areas. […]

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C.I.A. Director to Meet With Israeli Officials to Try to Advance Hostage Negotiations

William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, plans to travel to Europe to meet with senior Israeli, Egyptian and Qatari officials, in a sign the United States is pushing to secure a deal to release the hostages being held in the Gaza Strip and broker a prolonged cease-fire, according to U.S. officials. U.S. officials said Israel’s […]

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Israel and Hamas’s Cease-Fire and Hostage Deal Proposals: What to Know

As Israel and Hamas continue indirect talks on a cease-fire, the gap between the sides remains wide, especially on two issues: the length of any pause in fighting and the fate of Hamas leaders in Gaza, according to officials briefed on the talks. Here is a look at where the talks stand. How are the […]

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Houthis’ Propaganda Is Going Global

Soon after Yemen’s Houthi militia hijacked a commercial ship in the Red Sea, taking it and its 25-member crew hostage, the armed group used the vessel to record a music video. In the slick production, called “Axis of Jihad,” a drone camera pans over the hulking ship. Then a famous Houthi poet appears on the […]

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The Meaning of Gaza’s Tunnels

Ever since Israel withdrew its soldiers and settlers from Gaza in 2005, critics have accused it of blockading and immiserating the territory — turning it, as Israel’s inveterate critics say, into an “open-air prison.” The charge was always preposterous. Gaza shares a border with Egypt. Gazans were often treated in Israeli hospitals for cancer and […]

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After Years, F.B.I. Recovers Remains of American Woman in Afghanistan

Cydney Mizell, an aid worker teaching English in southern Afghanistan, vanished in 2008, abducted after being driven off the side of a road and presumed dead for 15 years. Members of her family, left with few other details of the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, wondered whether they would ever learn her fate. Jan Mizell, her […]

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Israel-E.U. Meeting on Gaza’s Future Yields Division and Confusion

European foreign ministers pressed their Israeli counterpart on Monday to agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, in a meeting that left European diplomats bewildered about postwar Israeli plans for the Gaza Strip and reinforced the deep disconnect between Israel and much of the world. The two sides appeared to be having two different […]

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Protesters Storm Israel’s Parliament as Anger Over Gaza Hostages Grows

Supporters and relatives of hostages captured in the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attacks burst into a meeting at Israel’s Parliament on Monday to demand that lawmakers take greater action to secure the captives’ release from Gaza. The protest reflected the growing frustration of hostage families who have become increasingly concerned about the fate of their family […]

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Deep Under Gaza, Evidence of Cells and Hostages, Israel Says

In a subterranean compound deep below Khan Younis, a Hamas stronghold in the southern Gaza Strip, the five cells with barred doors that the Israeli military says held hostages abducted from Israel had clearly been constructed long in advance. The tunnel builders even paid some attention to décor: The tiled walls of a small kitchenette […]

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Deep Under Gaza, Israel Shows Evidence Hostages Were Held in Tunnels

In a subterranean compound deep below Khan Younis, a Hamas stronghold in the southern Gaza Strip, the five cells with barred doors that the Israeli military says held hostages abducted from Israel had clearly been constructed long in advance. The tunnel builders even paid some attention to décor: The tiled walls of a small kitchenette […]

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In Strategic Bind, Israel Weighs Freeing Hostages Against Destroying Hamas

After more than 100 days of war, Israel’s limited progress in dismantling Hamas has raised doubts within the military’s high command about the near-term feasibility of achieving the country’s principal wartime objectives: eradicating Hamas and also liberating the Israeli hostages still in Gaza. Israel has established control over a smaller part of Gaza at this […]

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In Davos, Israel’s Hostages Get a Hearing

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is largely an opportunity for the powerful to mingle with the even more powerful. For the most part, I’ve spent my time here listening to government leaders — Iran’s foreign minister struck me as an exceptionally talented dissembler — and schmoozing with business leaders, […]

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At Davos, War Is on the Agenda, but the Focus Is on A.I. and Elections

Each day this week has brought a new and fleeting reminder to the executives and politicians at the annual World Economic Forum meeting of the two wars threatening global security and clouding the economy. Ukraine’s president spoke on Tuesday. Israel’s spoke on Thursday. Neither was able to hold the collective attention of a gathering that […]

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Qatar Says Israel and Hamas Have Reached a Deal to Send Medicine to Hostages

Qatari officials say they have brokered an agreement between Israel and Hamas that would allow medications to be delivered to Israeli hostages and Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, marking a significant breakthrough in the indirect talks between the warring sides. A senior Hamas official, Basem Naim, confirmed there was a deal, and the Israeli […]

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