9yo American Hostage Freed From Hamas

As part of the hostages-for-prisoners exchange negotiated between Hamas and Israel, last Sunday, the youngest US citizen held hostage in Gaza was released, CBS News reported.

Abigail Mor Edan, who turned 4 in captivity, was taken hostage by Hamas on October 7 after her parents were killed by the terrorists. The girl’s name appeared on the list of hostages Hamas planned to release last Sunday during the ceasefire that ended on December 1.

In total, 17 hostages were released in last Sunday’s round, all of them women and children. Among the group were 14 Israeli citizens and three foreign nationals. Abigail holds dual Israeli and US citizenship.

The temporary truce to exchange hostages for Hamas prisoners held in Israel began on Friday, November 24. While the ceasefire was scheduled to last only four days, last Tuesday, Israel and Hamas agreed to extend it until 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 30.

Shortly before the ceasefire was set to expire on November 30, Israel and Hamas again agreed to extend it for another 24 hours to facilitate the further release of hostages.

However, the ceasefire ended abruptly on Friday, December 1 after Hamas fired a rocket toward Israel just one hour before the 7:00 a.m. deadline.

In a statement on X, the Israeli Defense Forces reported that a rocket fired from Gaza was detected and intercepted by its missile defense system. According to the IDF, the rocket “violated the operational pause” and combat operations in Gaza had resumed.

In total, Hamas released more than 100 of the hostages, all women and children, during the 7-day ceasefire. In exchange for the release of the hostages, Israel agreed to release two Hamas prisoners for each hostage freed. Over 240 Hamas prisoners were released.

On the final day of the ceasefire on November 30, Hamas released only 8 hostages, ranging in age from 17 to 41, while Israel freed 30 Hamas prisoners.