Blinken arrives in Israel for talks on Gaza truce, aid

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Tel Aviv tonight for talks with Israeli leaders on the truce with Hamas in Gaza, the hostages held by the terror group, and the provision of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

It is Blinken’s third visit to the Middle East since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas, sparked by the shock October 7 assault on southern Israel by the terror group, when thousands of terrorists massacred people in their homes and at an outdoor music festival. About 1,200 people were killed, and around 240 were taken hostage.

Earlier, 10 more Israeli and four Thai hostages were released by Hamas in Gaza as part of a truce agreement that saw.

Over the past week, 97 civilians have been released from Hamas captivity in Gaza: 73 Israelis, 23 Thai nationals and 1 Filipino.

Prior to the current agreement, 4 hostages were released, 1 was rescued and 2 bodies were recovered.

Around 145 hostages are estimated to remain in Gaza.

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