Two American hostages released as US pressures Israel to delay Gaza invasion

Two American hostages released as US pressures Israel to delay Gaza invasion

TEL AVIV — Hamas has released two American citizens held hostage in the Gaza Strip, amid growing pressure on Israel to postpone a planned invasion of the enclave to allow time for diplomacy.

It is the first time that Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the enclave, has freed one of around 200 hostages taken by militants during an Oct. 7 raid that killed more than 1,400 Israelis. Citizens from 41 countries were killed and missing in the attack, an unprecedented cross-border incursion by militants from Gaza. The UN announced Friday that 4,137 Palestinians had been killed.

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