White House says envoy meeting families of hostages after ‘constructive’ talks with Israeli leaders

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

White House Middle East czar Brett McGurk is currently meeting with the families of some of the dual American-Israeli nationals currently being held hostage in Gaza, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says.

Kirby says “initial indications we’re getting from” McGurk after his earlier meetings with Israeli leaders is that they went “well” and were “constructive,” as the US seeks to secure an extended humanitarian pause that would see the hostages released and humanitarian aid increase in Gaza.

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