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The White House announced that a 3-year-old American citizen is currently one of the hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.
This information emerged following a conversation between President Joe Biden and Qatar’s Emir, during which they discussed efforts facilitated by Qatar to secure the release of hostages. The White House stated, “The two leaders agreed that all hostages must be released without further delay.”
Details about the toddler, the youngest American hostage and the sole US minor known to be in captivity, remain scarce. However, it was disclosed that the child’s parents were victims of the October 7 attacks in Israel by Hamas.
The situation has gained urgency with the ongoing negotiations for a potential ceasefire. According to a senior US official, a proposed deal would initiate a prolonged pause in hostilities, enabling the gradual release of hostages and prioritizing vulnerable groups like children and women.
This comes as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has firmly stated that a ceasefire would be contingent upon the release of all hostages. To date, a few hostages, including two Americans, have been freed through diplomatic negotiations between Qatar and Hamas, with President Biden acknowledging Israel’s temporary ceasefire to facilitate their release.