Biden’s message to hostages’ households: ‘Cling in there. We’re coming.’

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President Biden despatched a message Tuesday to households of hostages kidnapped from Israel on Oct. 7: “Cling in there. We’re coming.”

The Israeli navy has stated that 239 individuals who had been taken from Israel in the course of the Hamas-led Oct. 7 terrorist assault stay hostages, and American officers say Israel counts 9 Individuals amongst them. Hamas has stated that different teams are holding a few of the hostages, however it’s not clear what number of.

Mr. Biden has stated that releasing the hostages is a prime precedence, and administration officers have stated the US is actively engaged in oblique negotiations involving Israel, Qatar and Hamas to safe their launch.

“I’ve been speaking to the folks concerned each single day,” Mr. Biden stated throughout an occasion within the South Courtroom Auditorium of the White Home on Tuesday. “I imagine it’s going to occur, however I don’t need to get into any element.”

Requested if he had a message for the hostages and their households, he stated, “Cling in there. We’re coming.”

As he spoke, 1000’s of individuals had been rallying in a March for Israel on the Nationwide Mall in Washington that was organized in assist of Israel’s battle in opposition to Hamas in Gaza, and others gathered close to the White Home carrying posters of youngsters who had been kidnapped within the Oct. 7 assault.

Brett McGurk, Mr. Biden’s senior Center East adviser, was heading to the Center East after stopping in Belgium on Tuesday, the White Home stated, to transient NATO allies and E.U. companions and coordinate efforts to safe the discharge of the hostages in addition to to increase humanitarian help to Gaza and enhance financial stress on Hamas and different terrorist teams. His subsequent stops will embody Israel, the West Financial institution, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan, the White Home stated.

Jake Sullivan, the president’s nationwide safety adviser, stated final weekend that the standing of the hostages was unclear.

“We all know the variety of lacking and that’s the quantity the Israelis have given however we don’t know what number of of these are nonetheless alive,” Mr. Sullivan told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

“So far as the Individuals are involved, there are 9 lacking Americans” and one everlasting U.S. resident, he stated. He added, “That’s the quantity that we’re working with, that’s the quantity we are attempting to make sure the secure return of,” he stated.

The Israeli authorities has stated the hostages embody 20 kids and 10 to twenty folks over the age of 60. One of many younger hostages, in response to the White Home, is a 3-year-old American.

The information of the 3-year-old got here in a White House readout of a name in regards to the Israel-Hamas battle between Mr. Biden and Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar on Sunday. Within the name, in response to the readout, the president “condemned unequivocally the holding of hostages by Hamas, together with many younger kids, one in all whom is a 3-year outdated American citizen toddler, whose dad and mom had been killed by Hamas on Oct. 7.”