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Daily Briefing Nov 25: Day 50 – Some hostages released from Gaza; over 200 still captive

Political reporters Tal Schneider & Carrie Keller-Lynn on initial batches of freed Israelis and foreign nationals and the price paid for their freedom, aid sent to northern Gaza

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Today is day 50 of the war. Political correspondent Tal Schneider and Knesset reporter Carrie Keller-Lynn join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s podcast.

Last night 13 Israelis returned to their families as part of the cease-fire agreement brokered by Qatar and the US between Israel and Hamas. Another 13 were expected to be released today, but have not been at time of writing. We discuss the nail-biting release process and the happy reunions.

Israel needs to “pay” for every one Israeli with three Palestinian prisoners. Who are the prisoners who are being released?

During this ceasefire, the expectation is that there will be an increase in humanitarian aid trucks allowed into the Gaza Strip. Is that happening so far?

Finally, even as international women’s organizations are still silent on the mass rapes committed by Hamas on October 7, today marks the United Nations-sponsored International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Keller Lynn reported on a troubling new trend in calls to crisis lines since the war.

For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog November 25, 2023

Israel awaits 2nd group of hostages to be freed Saturday late-afternoon

13 Israelis, including 4 kids, back in Israel after held hostage in Gaza for 49 days

Domestic violence exacerbated by wartime, raising concerns over looser gun policies

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Stories of civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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