July 14, 2024
Biden Meets With Families Of US Hostages Held In Gaza
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Biden Meets With Families Of US Hostages Held In Gaza

Family members of American hostages held by Hamas in Gaza say they had what they call a “terrific” meeting Wednesday with US President Joe Biden and were still hoping for a “Christmas miracle.”

Biden held his first in-person meeting at the White House with about a dozen family members. The White House reports that Secretary of State Antony Blinken also attended.

US officials say an estimated eight US hostages are still being held since Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel and four have been released so far.

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The meeting came a day after President Biden, who has stood by Israel since the attacks, issued his strongest criticism yet of Israel’s offensive in Gaza and said it risked losing global support by “indiscriminate bombing.”

Jonathan Dekel-Chen, whose son Sagui, 35, is among those held hostage, told reporters  that the meeting was terrific.

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