Freed US hostages face long road to recovery, father says

Freed US hostages face long road to recovery, father says


Updated October 21, 2023 at 5:26 p.m. ET

EVANSTON, ILL.—The Father of the American Natalie Raananwho was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for two weeks with her mother, hopes to be home for her birthday.

The Evanston, Ill., teen turns 18 on Tuesday, her father, Uri Raanansaid Saturday.

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