Two Americans who were held captive by the Hamas terror group have been released, bringing relief to their families and the United States. The incident, which lasted 14 days, came to a positive conclusion, with the US government fully supporting their recovery.
US President Joe Biden, who took to his official social media account ‘X,’ expressed his joy over the release. He conveyed that he had spoken with the two Americans and assured them that their government would provide complete support as they recovered from their traumatic experience. In his heartfelt message, Biden also extended his concern to all the families of unaccounted-for Americans.
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I just spoke with the two Americans released today after being held hostage by Hamas. I let them know that their government will fully support them as they recover and heal.
Jill and I will continue holding close in our hearts all the families of unaccounted for Americans. pic.twitter.com/oXk6gfrD8M
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 20, 2023
This promising news follows the confirmation by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) of the Americans’ release from Hamas captivity. The two freed citizens, identified as Judith Tai Raanan and her 17-year-old daughter, Natali Raanan, both hailing from Chicago, were now safe with Israeli troops, according to The Times of Israel.
Their release was achieved through negotiations involving Qatar and Hamas, as reported by CNN. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed gratitude to the government of Qatar for its invaluable assistance in securing the release. During his visit to Israel, Blinken had met with the families of US citizens taken hostage by Hamas, underlining the importance of international cooperation in such situations.
The White House also released a statement acknowledging the Americans’ release and the anguish they had endured over the past 14 days. The statement emphasized the government’s commitment to supporting these individuals and their families as they heal from their ordeal, requesting that their privacy be respected during this time.
The United States had been working tirelessly since the beginning of the incident to secure the release of its citizens from the Hamas terror group. After their release, the two Americans were handed over to the Red Cross for their well-being and safe return to their families.
This positive resolution highlights the significance of international diplomacy and cooperation in resolving complex situations like hostage releases and brings hope to the families of other Americans still unaccounted for in different parts of the world.