Israel-Hamas war: Gaza truce extended by 2 days, US says

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A temporary cease-fire between Israel and militant-Islamist group Hamas was set to end on Monday. Meanwhile, Germany’s foreign minister has confirmed two German teenagers were among 11 freed hostages. Follow DW for more.v

Two German teenagers among released hostages, Baerbock confirms

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock confirmed that two German teenagers were among the hostages released by the militant-Islamist group Hamas on Monday.

“After 52 days of suffering and despair, their mothers are able to take them in their arms again,” Baerbock wrote on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter. “My thoughts are with those families who continue to worry. We are doing everything we can to ensure they can hold their loved ones in their arms again as well.”

Hamas, listed as a terrorist organization by Germany, the US, Israel and others, handed over 11 hostages to the International Red Cross on Monday. In return, Israel released 33 Palestinian prisoners.

11 freed hostages have arrived in Israel, army says

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that 11 hostages released by the militant-Islamist group Hamas have arrived inside Israeli territory.

“After they undergo an initial medical assessment, our forces will accompany them until they are reunited with their families,” the IDF said in a post on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

The IDF went on to say that “together with the entire Israeli security establishment, [it] will continue operating until all the hostages are returned home.”

Courtesy of DW