After Friday’s release of two American hostages, the fate of approximately 200 hostages held by Hamas is still unknown. “Each of them should be released immediately and unconditionally,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday.
Abu Obeida, spokesman for the armed wing of Palestinian Hamas, announced on Friday the release of two hostages from… USA – a mother and her daughter – for “humanitarian reasons”, Reuters reported. The president confirmed this information Joe Bidenwho announced that “efforts are underway to release additional hostages.”
Hamas is still holding about 200 hostages of various nationalities, including Americans, the US Secretary of State said on Friday. Antony Blinken. He said that among them were children and elderly people. Unknown are, among others: the fate of 10 US citizens missing after the Hamas attacks on October 7, some of whom are in captivity.
As Antony Blinken admitted, he does not know the condition of the hostages and refused to answer the question about the condition of the released hostages. – These are women, young boys, young girls, elderly people, from many nations. Each of them should be released immediately and unconditionally, Blinken said. He also pointed out that the government had a lot to do with the release of the two US citizens Qatar. Referring to Hamas’ declaration that it will release the hostages if Israel stops bombing the Gaza Strip, the diplomat said that such declarations should not be taken seriously, just as one does not take seriously what a terrorist group called Islamic State.
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