Latest Prisoners of war News

Live updates | More Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners are released under truce

Nov. 30, 2023 23:35 PM EST

Eight Israeli hostages were released from Hamas captivity Thursday in the Gaza Strip as part of a temporary cease-fire deal that has lasted seven days, the Israeli military said. Israel freed 30 Palestinian prisoners in the early hours of Friday under the truce deal, which has paused...

Israel frees more Palestinian prisoners on sixth day of Gaza truce

Nov. 29, 2023 20:35 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel frees more Palestinian prisoners on sixth day of Gaza truce.

Live updates | Israel releases 30 prisoners after Hamas frees 12 hostages in extended truce deal

Nov. 29, 2023 01:40 AM EST

The latest swap of Hamas militant-held hostages for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel took place Tuesday evening as part of a cease-fire agreement between the warring sides. Ten Israeli hostages — nine women and a 17-year-old girl — and two Thais were handed over to the Red...

The US tells Israel any ground campaign in southern Gaza must limit further civilian displacement

Nov. 28, 2023 18:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has told Israel that it must work to avoid “significant further displacement” of Palestinian civilians in southern Gaza if it renews its ground campaign aimed at eradicating the Hamas militant group, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday. ...

Freed Israeli hostage describes deteriorating conditions while being held by Hamas

Nov. 28, 2023 15:46 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli hostage freed by Hamas said in an interview that she was initially fed well in captivity until conditions worsened and people became hungry. She was kept in a “suffocating” room and slept on plastic chairs with a sheet for nearly 50 days. In...

Irregular meals, benches as beds. As freed hostages return to Israel, details of captivity emerge

Nov. 26, 2023 20:21 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Plastic chairs as beds. Meals of bread and rice. Hours spent waiting for the bathroom. As former hostages return to Israel after seven weeks of Hamas captivity, information about the conditions of their confinement has emerged. The 58 hostages freed under a...

Biden says 4-year-old Abigail Edan was released by Hamas. He hopes more U.S. hostages will be freed

Nov. 26, 2023 16:21 PM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden confirmed Sunday that Abigail Edan, a 4-year-old American girl held hostage by Hamas after her parents were killed, was released as part of the cease-fire deal in the Israel-Hamas war. “Thank God she’s home,” Biden said told...

Israel and Hamas complete 2nd day of swaps after tense delay, as Gaza cease-fire holds

Nov. 25, 2023 22:11 PM EST

AL BIREH, West Bank (AP) — Hamas militants on Saturday released 17 hostages, including 13 Israelis, from captivity in the Gaza Strip, while Israel freed 39 Palestinian prisoners in the latest stage of a four-day cease-fire. The late-night exchange was held up for several hours...

Egyptian officials say Hamas to free 14 hostages Saturday for 42 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, in second swap

Nov. 25, 2023 05:33 AM EST
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say Hamas to free 14 hostages Saturday for 42 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, in second swap.

Palestinian families rejoice over release of minors and women in wartime prisoner swap

Nov. 25, 2023 03:47 AM EST

BEITUNIA, West Bank (AP) — Over three dozen Palestinian prisoners returned home to a hero's welcome in the occupied West Bank on Friday following their release from Israeli prisons as part of a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas. The procession of freed prisoners, some...