Judith Raanan and her daughter, Natalie Raanan, two American hostages held captive by Hamas since an attack on Israel on October 7, have been released. The mother and daughter, originally from Illinois, were handed over to the Red Cross and are now back in Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister and President Joe Biden both expressed their relief over the safe return of the Raanans.
- Judith and Natalie Raanan, two American citizens, were taken hostage by Hamas during their surprise attack on Israel on October 7.
- The Raanans were in Israel for a family birthday when they were abducted. They are now safely back in Israel, handed over to the Red Cross.
- President Joe Biden expressed his joy at their release and thanked the governments of Qatar and Israel for their roles in securing their freedom.
- Despite this release, ten other Americans remain unaccounted for, with an estimated 200 people in total being held by Hamas.
- The hostage-taking occurred during a Hamas attack where militants breached security barriers, resulting in the deaths of 260 festivalgoers in southern Israel.