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John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, revealed on Sunday that the United States lacks precise information regarding the whereabouts and well-being of the remaining American hostages held by Hamas.

In a discussion with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” Kirby estimated that about eight Americans are still captive. “We don’t have perfect visibility on where they all are. We certainly don’t have perfect visibility on their — on their physical or mental condition,” he stated. Kirby noted that efforts are ongoing to ascertain their status, with an estimated total of approximately 140 hostages remaining.

During a recent weeklong truce, initiated following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, some hostages were released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners from Israel. However, the truce concluded on Friday without further progress, as Hamas did not provide a new list of hostages for release. The ceasefire had resulted in the liberation of over 100 hostages, including two Americans. Among them were 4-year-old American-Israeli citizen Abigail Idan and Liat Atzili, a mother of three.

The truce had prioritized the release of women and children, leaving the fate of male hostages, including seven American men, uncertain.

Hamas has indicated a demand for more concessions for their release. Kirby highlighted the challenges in resuming talks, noting that neither Israel nor Hamas seems willing to return to the negotiating table.

The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant casualties, with a reported 1,200 Israelis and 13,000 Palestinians dead.


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