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# Hostages

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Israel and Hamas agree to a day-long extension to ceasefire as eight more hostages are released
The extension was agreed minutes before the original agreement was due to expire.
Hamas has freed 102 hostages over the last week while Israel has freed 210 Palestinian prisoners.
Hamas claimed last night that Israel initially refused to extend the truce.
Mediators and negotiators struck the deal this morning, minutes before the ceasefire was due to end.
Two dead and eight injured after shooting in Jerusalem
Hamas hands over released hostages to Red Cross in Gaza
Hamas releases 17 more hostages as 39 Palestinian prisoners freed
Today is day three of the planned 4-day ceasefire, which may be extended.
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
13 Israeli hostages to be freed 'tonight' for 39 Palestinians, mediator says
The statement comes after Hamas said it would delay the release of hostages.
Hamas frees first group of hostages as Gaza truce takes hold
Qatar confirmed Hamas released a total of 24 hostages and that Israel had freed 39 women and children from its prisons.
Israel-Hamas ceasefire to begin tomorrow morning, Qatar says
It is not clear if Irish-Israeli nine-year-old Emily Hand will be among the hostages released tomorrow.
It is not clear if Irish-Israeli nine-year-old Emily Hand will be among the hostages released tomorrow
Families of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza and of Palestinians detained by Israel were forced to wait an extra day
The truce had been put back over "the names of the Israeli hostages and the modalities of their release", according to a Palestinian official
Varadkar: 'I’m not sure if the Israeli government listens to anyone anymore'
From the West Bank: 'Settler violence and military restrictions strangle Palestinian life'
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.
This year
Explainer: Here is what we know about the Israeli hostage situation in Gaza
US President Joe Biden has said discussions about a Gaza ceasefire can only take place if Hamas frees all hostages.
Two American hostages released by Hamas, Israel and militant group say
Both women were abducted during Hamas’ shock cross-border attacks on 7 October.
What we know about the hostages taken by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the efforts to free them
Up to 150 people were taken by militants last Saturday.
Last year
Hostages released after stand-off at synagogue in Texas
The FBI said the man was specifically focused on an issue not directly connected to the Jewish community.
All time
The Ukranian President has defended posting a film recommendation in order to end a hostage crisis
The hostage situation ended after the president posted about a documentary narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix.
Three dead after man takes two women hostage in Zurich flat
Zurich police confirmed that three people – two women and a man – have died.
Two French soldiers killed in operation to free four hostages in Burkina Faso
One American, one Korean and two French hostages were freed in the operation.
Woman killed after gunman takes hostages at Los Angeles supermarket
The gunman eventually handcuffed himself and surrendered to police.
Four children and suspected gunman found dead after Orlando hostage situation
The children aged one, six, 10 and 11 were found dead by officers overnight.
Policeman critical after swapping himself for hostage as three die in France terrorist attack
The attacker had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Englishman who took hostages at bowling alley jailed for 12 years
David Clarke believed his ex-partner was on the premises.
Couple had children while being held hostage in Afghanistan as they dreamed of a big family
“We’re Irish, haha,” the father said as way of explanation.
Freed hostage says militants killed his infant daughter and raped his wife
Boyle provided a written statement to The Associated Press saying his family has “unparalleled resilience and determination.”
Hostage situation in South Carolina ends after 'disgruntled employee' shot by police
“This is not an act of terrorism,” the mayor of Charleston said.
Hostages rescued after standoff with gunman in Florida
A SWAT team stormed the building after the gunman was distracted by two people making a run for it.
Attack targets school as 250,000 prayed nearby to mark end of Ramadan
It is believed to have been carried out by Islamists.
Suspect gunman 'shot dead' after workplace incident at a Walmart in Texas
Earlier reports indicated that he had captured hostages.
Al-Qaeda gunmen kill at least 20 people outside African hotel popular with tourists
Around 10 vehicles were on fire in the street where the four-star Splendid hotel is located in a busy, central area of Ouagadougou.
Islamic State group says it executed Norwegian and Chinese hostages
Photos of two bodies which appeared to be those of the men featured in the English-language magazine Dabiq.
Japan scrambles to verify footage of Islamic State hostage execution
It is not yet clear whether the video shows two kidnapped Japanese hostages.
Italy denies paying €10m ransom to free young hostages
The women were kidnapped last July.
Australian PM: 'I will not rest until the public is as safe as possible'
An inquiry will also take place into action by police prior to the siege.
Nigerian authorities 'furious' parents of four girls failed to say children had safely returned
Authorities have revised down number of girls kidnapped. There are 219 girls still missing.
French hostage freed from Syria says he is "very happy to be free"
Didier Francois was one of four Frenchmen kidnapped in Syria ten months ago.
Police officer and teacher killed at Moscow school shooting
The gunman shot and killed a police officer and teacher before taking the students hostage.
French hostages released after three years return to France
The four men were kidnapped in 2010 by the North African wing of al-Qaida.
40 years ago, this is how 'Stockholm Syndrome' was born
The man who took hostages in a Swedish bank in August 1973 tells his story – and how those he had taken prisoner “more or less sided with me”.
Algeria says 37 foreigners killed in gas plant siege
The Algerian PM said some of the hostages had been executed “with a bullet to the head” as the four-day crisis ended in a bloodbath.
'They were brutally executed' - Hostages describe Algeria siege ordeal
Survivors of the four-day crisis say they were strapped to explosives while some describe finding bodies riddled with bullets, their heads half blown away by the impact.
Algeria: 18 killed - including seven hostages - in 'final assault'
Algerian security forces are now thought to be sweeping the gas plant to remove landmines planted around it.