Latest Hostage situations News

Time is frozen in the empty bedrooms of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas

Jul. 12, 2024 02:23 AM EDT

KIBBUTZ NIR OZ, Israel (AP) — The empty bedrooms of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas on Oct. 7 remain frozen in time. Nine months into their captivity in Gaza, some hostages’ bedrooms still show signs of that day’s violence and struggle: blood-stained floors, bullet-riddled walls,...

Israeli army acknowledges Oct. 7 failures, including slow response and disorganization

Jul. 11, 2024 22:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Thursday acknowledged a string of errors in its response to the deadly Hamas attacks last Oct. 7, including slow response times and disorganization, as it released the results of its first investigation into failures during the assault that triggered the...

Israeli army says its probe found that Hamas militants, not tank fire, likely killed hostages on Oct. 7 kibbutz attack

Jul. 11, 2024 12:14 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli army says its probe found that Hamas militants, not tank fire, likely killed hostages on Oct. 7 kibbutz attack.

Israeli forces push deeper into Gaza City as Hamas warns that escalation threatens cease-fire talks

Jul. 09, 2024 03:16 AM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces advanced deeper into the Gaza Strip's largest city in pursuit of militants who had regrouped there, sending thousands of Palestinians fleeing on Monday from an area ravaged in the early weeks of the nine-month-long war. Hamas warned...

Israeli protesters block highways, call for cease-fire to return hostages 9 months into war in Gaza

Jul. 08, 2024 01:31 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Marking nine months since the war in Gaza started, Israeli protesters blocked highways across the country Sunday, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down and pushing for a cease-fire to bring back scores of hostages held by Hamas. The...

Police fatally shoot suspect allegedly holding hostages at South Dakota gas station

Jul. 03, 2024 18:17 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota police say a deputy fatally shot an armed suspect Wednesday who allegedly was holding several employees hostage at a Sioux Falls gas station. A Sioux Falls police officer was by the gas station early Wednesday when someone began firing at the...

Survivors of Israel music festival massacre unite to build a healing community

Jun. 28, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In the months since Hamas’ surprise attack sent them scattering across fields or hiding in desert brush, thousands of survivors of a massacre at a trance festival in Israel have come together as a community to heal. They have found solace in massage...

A Palestinian was shot, beaten and tied to an Israeli army jeep. The army says he posed no threat

Jun. 28, 2024 06:56 AM EDT

JENIN, West Bank (AP) — When Mujahid Abadi stepped outside to see if Israeli forces had entered his uncle's neighborhood, he was shot in the arm and the foot. That was only the start of his ordeal. Hours later, beaten and bloodied, he found himself strapped to the searing hood of an Israeli...

German court jails a man who set off an 18-hour hostage standoff at Hamburg Airport

Jun. 25, 2024 05:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday convicted a man who drove onto the tarmac at Hamburg Airport with his 4-year-old daughter last year and was arrested after an 18-hour standoff of hostage-taking and other charges. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Hamburg state...

Netanyahu says he won't agree to a deal that ends the war in Gaza, testing the latest truce proposal

Jun. 24, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The viability of a U.S.-backed proposal to wind down the 8-month-long war in Gaza has been cast into doubt after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would only be willing to agree to a “partial” cease-fire deal that would not end the war, comments that...