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# Emily Hand

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Emily Hand could only whisper after being released by Hamas, her father says
Thomas Hand told CNN that when he asked his daughter how long she had been held for, she said “a year”.
Irish ambassador 'surprised' at Israel's criticism over Taoiseach's Emily Hand statement
Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel Sonya McGuinness was summoned by Foreign Minister Eli Cohen after he condemned Leo Varadkar’s use of the word “lost” in relation to Emily.
Varadkar responds after Israel summons Irish ambassador over his ‘lost and found’ comment in Emily Hand statement
A clarification note under Varadkar’s tweets claims its misleading to use the terms “lost” and “found”.
'Broken but in one piece': Father of freed hostage Emily Hand is reunited with his daughter
President Michael D Higgins said he hopes Emily can now “enjoy a happy and fulfilling life”.
Last month
November 2023
Emily Hand - the 9-year-old Irish-Israeli girl held hostage by Hamas - has been released
The 9-year-old Irish-Israeli girl was originally believed to have died in the 7 October attacks.
Israel-Hamas ceasefire expected tomorrow, but release of 50 hostages won't begin before Friday
Hamas will free 50 of its roughly 240 hostages under the ceasefire agreement.
It is believed Irish-Israeli, 9-year-old Emily Hand is among the hostages in Gaza.
Hamas welcomed the "humanitarian truce" and said it would see 150 Palestinians released from Israeli jails.
The Israel national security adviser tonight said that there will be no hostage releases before Friday.
From the West Bank: 'Settler violence and military restrictions strangle Palestinian life'
Negotiations for truce agreement 'at final stage' as Israel PM says deal is 'right decision'
Father of Irish-Israeli child hostage Emily Hand says he is living through ‘nightmare’
Thomas Hand initially thought his daughter, who had been at a sleepover at a friend’s house, had been killed on 7 October.
Family of Irish-Israeli girl believed to be captured by Hamas remain positive on her birthday
A birthday gathering for Emily Hand was held at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin.
‘Our bodies hurt from crying’ say family of Irish-Israeli girl feared kidnapped
The Taoiseach met with the family and assured them that the government will try to help secure Emily’s release.
Irish diplomats working behind the scenes in hope of freeing kidnapped Emily Hand
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Eight-year-old Irish-Israeli girl Emily Hand is believed to be a hostage of Hamas while 40 Irish citizens are trapped inside Gaza.
'Have some humanity': Emily Hand's father begs Hamas to release her and other children
The eight-year-old Irish-Israeli girl was initially feared dead, but it has since emerged she may still be alive.