November 28, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Tara Subramaniam, Antoinette Radford, Sana Noor Haq, Ed Upright, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 2:32 a.m. ET, November 29, 2023
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6:56 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Who are the Palestinian detainees released from Israeli jails?

From CNN’s Abeer Salman in Jerusalem

About two-thirds of the Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails in the first four days of exchanges for Israeli hostages were held under administrative detention, meaning they were not told the charges against them or given due legal process, CNN analysis of Israel Prison Service data shows.

The other third had been tried and sentenced. 

Almost 80% were teenaged boys aged 14 to 18. Three of them were teenaged girls, and 31 were adult women. 

  • Total number: 150
  • Total number of adult women: 31
  • Total number of male teens aged 14-18 (children under international definition): 116
  • Total number of female teens: 3
  • Total number who had been charged and sentenced: 52 
  • Total number held under administrative detention: 98
6:26 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Thai prime minister to meet released Thai hostages

From CNN’s Lauren Izso in Tel Aviv

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is pictured speaking during an event in San Francisco, California, on November 15.
Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is pictured speaking during an event in San Francisco, California, on November 15. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Thailand's Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is set to visit Israel on Tuesday, according the Israeli foreign ministry.

The Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Parnpree Bhahiddha-Nukara, will also join the trip.

“Foreign Minister Eli Cohen is expected to meet with them and together with Health Minister Uriel Bosso they will visit the recently released Thai citizens who are currently at the Shamir Medical Center (Assaf Harofeh),” the ministry said in a statement.

Some 17 Thai nationals have been released from Gaza by Hamas, through separate negotiations that are not included in the Israel-Hamas truce.

5:41 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

US military will deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza via Egypt

From CNN’s Sam Fossum

The US military will fly three planeloads of crucial humanitarian aid to North Sinai in Egypt to be brought into Gaza to aid civilians in the region, according to senior administration officials.

The aid that is being brought will include medical supplies, food and winter weather gear as Gaza enters its rainy season – which can be wet, cold and even lead to flooding – with countless Palestinians displaced in temporary shelters. 

The first of the three flights is set to arrive Tuesday.

The announcement comes amid a pause in the fighting between Israel and Hamas that has been extended for an additional two days to potentially secure the release of further hostages and allow increased humanitarian aid into Gaza. One official noted that this ongoing effort to help supply civilians is not linked to the ongoing hostage deal and will continue when hostilities ultimately resume.

The aid being flown in by the United States, which officials called a “significant contribution,” will be distributed by the United Nations and replenish stocks of supplies, which had been depleted as the pace of aid being brought into Gaza increased in recent days.

The effort builds upon five previous flights of aid being brought into the region on domestic planes, the officials added.

Read the full story here:

5:23 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Israel believes there are more than 170 hostages still in Gaza

From CNN’s Lauren Izso in Tel Aviv 

Israel believes there are 173 people who were taken captive on October 7 who are still in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office told CNN Tuesday. 

Out of the abductees, 17 are foreigners and the rest are Israeli citizens.

The Israeli hostages include six children under the age of 18. The Hostages and Missing Families Forum believes there are also three 18-year-olds being held, who are legally children, under the United Nations definition. 

Some context: Ahead of the fifth day of an Israel-Hamas truce, Hamas has so far freed 69 hostages and Israel has released 150 Palestinian detainees. Of all the Palestinians released so far, 98 were detained without charge, 119 were children under the UN definition, and the remaining 31 were women.

CNN's Abeer Salman and Manveena Suri contributed reporting.

2:43 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Israel has notified the families of 10 hostages expected to be released Tuesday

From CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Mihir Melwani

Israeli officials have notified the families whose relatives are on a list of hostages to be released on Tuesday, a family member told CNN.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later confirmed to CNN that there are 10 names on the list. 

“Israel received another list of hostages, ten hostages, that potentially, hopefully, we will see released… by Hamas,” spokesperson Tal Heinrich told on CNN.

Heinrich said that Israel also had a list of Palestinian prisoners they had agreed to release in exchange, and that for every group of ten hostages Hamas released, Israel would extend the truce for one additional day. 

4:41 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

More than half of released Palestinian prisoners were never charged, figures show

From CNN’s Abeer Salman in Jerusalem and Manveena Suri

Palestinian prisoners, center, are cheered by a crowd of supporters in Ramallah, following their release from Israeli jails, on November 26.
Palestinian prisoners, center, are cheered by a crowd of supporters in Ramallah, following their release from Israeli jails, on November 26. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Ahead of the fifth day of an Israel-Hamas truce, Israel has freed 150 Palestinian detainees, and Hamas has released 69 hostages.

Of all the Palestinian prisoners released so far, 98 were detained without charge. 119 of the freed prisoners were children and the remaining 31 were women.

According to combined information released by the Palestinian Prisoners Club and the Israeli prison authorities, 33 Palestinian prisoners were in group released Monday, which included 30 children who were 18 years old or younger. Out of the 30 teenagers, 29 are boys and one is a 15-year-old girl.

Some context: Israel often places Palestinians under administrative detention, a widely criticized practice in which a detainee is unaware of any charges against them, and their case is not subject to any legal process.

At the start of October, more than 1,200 Palestinians were being held in administrative detention, the highest figure in more than three decades, according to Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups.

Arrests have increased dramatically since Hamas’ deadly attacks on October 7. Up to 2,070 arrests were documented in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in that month alone, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, a non-governmental organization dedicated to addressing the concerns of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. That figure includes 145 children and 55 women

12:59 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Teenage siblings freed from Hamas captivity, only to learn their mother had been murdered

From CNN's Jessie Yeung

From left, Noam Or and Alma Or.
From left, Noam Or and Alma Or. Hostages Missing Families Forum

Throughout the 50 days Noam and Alma Or were held captive in Gaza, one thought kept the siblings going: reuniting with their mother, who they’d been separated from on October 7 during Hamas’ brutal attacks on their community.

But when Noam, 17, and Alma, 13, were released together on Saturday, “this dream had been shattered by the fact that she was murdered,” said the siblings’ maternal uncle Ahal Besorai.

“My sister, their mom, was murdered on October 7. The children did not know that,” he said, speaking to CNN from the Philippines. “We thought they were together when they were kidnapped, but they were separated from the outset.”

“When they first crossed the border and reunited with their grandmother and older brother, the first news that they had to confront was the fact that their mom is no longer alive. And that was a terribly emotional and traumatic moment for them,” Besorai added.

The siblings’ father Dror remains missing, believed captive in Gaza.

Some context: Hamas is believed to have held more than 200 hostages in Gaza prior to the releases negotiated with Israel. Under the breakthrough truce agreement, groups of Israeli citizens and other nationals have been freed every day since last Friday, while Israel has released Palestinian women and children detainees from its prisons, many of whom have never been charged or sentenced.

The initial four-day truce was extended by an additional two days on Monday, as stories began to trickle out from the families of freed hostages, giving the first insights into what life had been like in captivity.

Read more about the Or family's ordeal here.

11:59 p.m. ET, November 27, 2023

10 more hostages expected to be released as truce enters fifth day. Here's what to know

From CNN staff

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a two-day extension of a truce in the Gaza Strip. Under the agreement, Hamas will release a further 10 hostages each day over the next two days, according to a senior Israel official.

The extension was set to go into effect when the fourth groups of hostages were released on Monday, according to Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israel's prime minister.

US President Joe Biden praised the continued pause in fighting and said in a statement, "We will not stop until all of the hostages held by Hamas terrorists are released."

However, not all of the roughly 240 people seized during the October 7 terror attack on Israel are, or were, being held by Hamas, the militant group that launched the assault. CNN has previously reported that between 40 and 50 hostages were held by Palestinian Islamic Jihad or other militant groups. The truce agreement requires Hamas — and not another group — to hand over hostages.

Here's what else you should know:

  • More hostages freed: A new group of 11 hostages released by Hamas was back in Israel Monday night — all of them women and children, according to the Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum in Israel. They all were residents of kibbutz Nir Oz in southern Israel and have dual citizenship.
  • Americans not released: Two American women abducted by Hamas on October 7 were not among those released Monday. So far, just 4-year-old American Abigail Edan was released on Sunday. Since the truce was extended two more days, that leaves open the possibility that the two women could be released on Tuesday or Wednesday, a White House official said.
  • Latest death toll: More than 14,800 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks in Gaza between October 7 and November 23, according to figures from the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the West Bank, which draws its data from Hamas-run health authorities in the Gaza Strip. That includes at least 6,000 children and 4,000 women, the statement said.
  • What comes next: Israel Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said his country's military will fight with a stronger force when the truce is over – and the operation will be carried out across the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Israel and other locations in the Middle East this week. He will discuss sustaining the flow of aid into the enclave and "the future of Gaza" and the need for an independent Palestinian state, a State Department official said.
  • Aid in Gaza: A British-Palestinian surgeon who treated patients at hospitals in Gaza estimates that between 700 and 900 children have had limbs amputated since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7. CNN is not able to independently verify those estimated numbers. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported the delivery of 150 trucks of aid to northern Gaza, spanning from the start of the truce on Friday until Sunday evening. 

3:19 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Father of American hostage remains “hopeful” her release will come before truce ends

From CNN staff

This photo shows Liat Beinin and Aviv Atzili in New York in August 2023. 
This photo shows Liat Beinin and Aviv Atzili in New York in August 2023.  Boaz Atzili/AP

Liat Beinin, an Israeli American woman being held hostage in Gaza, was expected to be among the 50 hostages Hamas released over the course of the initial four-day truce, according to the White House. But as of Monday, she remains in captivity.

"Obviously, I’m disappointed but we remain optimistic and hopeful that her release will come in the next two days," Yehuda Beinin, her father, told CNN's Erin Burnett Monday.

Under the extended truce, Hamas will release 10 hostages each day, according to an Israeli senior adviser. That leaves open the possibility that two American women, including Liat Beinin, could be released on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

“We have no choice but to remain — other than to remain hopeful," Yehuda said. He said earlier in the interview that their family is "also concerned about Aviv, Liat Beinin’s husband.” 

“We know that Aviv was wounded on the day of the attack and other than that, we have no knowledge, whatsoever, of Aviv, where he’s being held or who’s holding him, actually,” Yehuda Beinin said. "Obviously this lack of information and lack of definitive news is very concerning."

Beinin said he and his wife suspect other groups in Gaza that Hamas does not fully control may be holding his daughter or her husband. 

“I don’t have specific information regarding who’s holding our daughter or Aviv. It just seems a reasonable conclusion given the course of events up till now," Yehuda said.