Two dozen hostages were released by the terrorist group Hamas, but no American was released on the first day of the cease-fire with Israel.
Thirteen Israelis, plus 10 Thai citizens and one Filipino citizen, were released Friday into the care of Red Cross personnel, who were seen carrying those rescued via ambulance from Gaza into Egypt.
The Israeli hostages were transported to Israel to receive care at various hospitals and are now accompanied by Israeli Defense Forces Special Forces.
A U. S. official told Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson that the U.S. is "glad to see this process moving forward."
"We are doing all we can, including to secure the release of Americans," the U. S. official said. "We are focused on it hourly."
Despite playing a key role in negotiating the cease-fire that has allowed the exchange of hostages, the U. S. has not seen any of its citizens currently held by Hamas freed.
According to U. S. intelligence, approximately 10 Americans are being held hostage by the terrorist group.... (Read more)
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