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US applauds Israel-Hamas deal freeing 50 hostages

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The United States has welcomed the breakthrough agreement between Israel and Hamas that will see the release of 50 hostages held by the Islamic terrorist group since its October 7 surprise attack on Israel.

Anthony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, speaking on behalf of the U.S. government, said that he was thankful for this recent development and looked forward to the released hostages reuniting with their families.

Blinken said, “The United States welcomes the deal to release 50 hostages, including American citizens, held by Hamas since its October 7 attack on Israel. I cannot imagine the ordeal that each of these individuals has endured over the past few weeks, and I am thankful that they will be reunited with their loved ones soon.

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“Today’s outcome is the result of tireless diplomacy and relentless effort across the Department and the broader United States government. I appreciate the leadership and ongoing partnership of Egypt and Qatar in this work. I also thank the government of Israel for supporting a humanitarian pause that will facilitate the transfer of hostages to safety and allow additional humanitarian assistance to reach Palestinian civilians in Gaza.”

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The Secretary of State, however, promised to intensify efforts to secure the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas.

He said, “While this deal marks significant progress, we will not rest as long as Hamas continues to hold hostages in Gaza.  My highest priority is the safety and security of Americans overseas, and we will continue our efforts to secure the release of every hostage and their swift reunification with their families.”