Israeli Hostage Families’ Anguish Continues as Wait for News Persists Following Israel-Hamas Agreement

Relatives of hostages in Israel gained optimism and a fresh set of worries after a breakthrough deal was reached between the country and Hamas. This deal allows for a four-day humanitarian cease-fire to facilitate the release of at least 50 Israeli women and children held captive by the militant group in Gaza. Hamas has been holding 236 hostages from 26 different countries captive in Gaza. There was initial hope that the first release could take place as early as Thursday, but Israel later announced that no hostages would be released before Friday, attributing the delay to minor details. There was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety among the families of the hostages.

Hadas Kalderon, whose children were kidnapped by Hamas, expressed her skepticism about the deal and stated that she would struggle to believe it was real until she sees her children with her own eyes. Thomas Hand, who was initially told his daughter had died, described his feelings as hopeful, yet cautious and stated that he had heard nothing from the government about her whereabouts or condition.

Hamas militants kidnapped a 3-year-old Israeli-American, Abigail Edan, who was orphaned when her parents were killed. Her great-aunt shared the family’s emotional turmoil and the hope that she would be released.

There are high expectations for the hostages’ release among the families, and an extra day will be added to the truce for each 10 additional hostages available for release. As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, families are trying to stay patient, hoping for their loved ones’ safe return.

The deal allows some breathing room for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been under criticism for failing to prevent the October 7 attack and secure the release of the hostages. However, families still have faith in the government to prioritize the hostages’ return.


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