Biden Plans to Meet the Households of American Hostages Taken by Hamas

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President Biden will meet on the White Home on Wednesday with the households of Individuals taken hostage by Hamas throughout the Oct. 7 assaults in Israel, his first face-to-face assembly with the relations because the disaster started.

A White Home official confirmed the assembly, however didn’t provide particulars about how most of the members of the family can be attending the assembly in particular person. The president beforehand spoke with the households on a video name a couple of week after the assaults.

On the time, he referred to as the dialog “gut-wrenching” and later described the members of the family as “going via agony, not understanding what the standing of their little children, husbands wives, kids.”

The White Home official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate planning for the assembly, stated the invitation was prolonged to a number of members of the family for every of the American hostages which might be nonetheless being held in Gaza.

Biden administration officers have stated they imagine there are about seven remaining hostages with American citizenship, after a number of have been launched, together with throughout a weeklong pause in preventing final month.

These nonetheless believed to be held embrace Hersh Goldberg-Polin, 23, an American-Israeli twin citizen who was gravely injured by a grenade throughout the assaults in southern Israel earlier than being taken hostage. A number of different Individuals nonetheless being held embrace Omer Neutra, 22, who grew up on Lengthy Island and Sagui Dekel-Chen, 35, who grew up on a kibbutz in Israel however ceaselessly visited household in Connecticut.

The households of the remaining hostages have repeatedly pressed the USA to push for pauses within the preventing to permit Israel to barter the discharge of their family members nonetheless being held.

Throughout the pause in preventing final month, Hamas launched greater than 100 of the roughly 240 hostages that they seized on Oct. 7.