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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12:04 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

US secretary of state will travel to Israel and other places in the Middle East this week

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

Antony Blinken boards his aircraft prior to departure at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on November 27, as he travels to Brussels for a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting.
Antony Blinken boards his aircraft prior to departure at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on November 27, as he travels to Brussels for a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting. Saul Loeb/AP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to NATO headquarters this week will include additional stops in the Middle East. 

"After Brussels, Secretary Blinken will travel this week to Skopje, Israel, the West Bank, and Dubai," a senior State Department official said.

During those meetings, Blinken will "stress the need to sustain the increased flow of humanitarian assistance to Gaza, secure the release of all hostages and improve protections for civilians in Gaza," the official said.

Blinken will also talk with leaders about "the future of Gaza and the need to establish an independent Palestinian state," the official said, adding that Blinken will aim to "continue efforts to prevent the conflict from spreading."

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

33 Palestinians were released from Israeli prisons Monday, prison service says  

From Tamar Michaelis in Tel Aviv and CNN's Sugam Pokharel in London

A total of 33 Palestinians were released from several Israeli prisons Monday, the Israeli prison service said. 

They were released from the prisons in Damon, Megiddo, Ofer, Ktzi’ot, Ramon and Nafha, according to the service.

It followed the release of 11 more hostages by Hamas

With Monday's releases, Hamas has so far released 69 hostages, primarily women and children. Israel has freed 150 Palestinians from prison, mainly women and minors, many of whom were detained but never charged.

12:06 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Forum of hostages' families provides names of 11 hostages released Monday

From CNN's Mick Krever

Top row, from left: Eitan Yahalomi, Sharon Kunio, Emma Kunio
Top row, from left: Eitan Yahalomi, Sharon Kunio, Emma Kunio Hostages and Missing Families Forum/Handout/Reuters

The Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum in Israel released the names and photos of the 11 hostages freed by Hamas on Monday.

While the Israel Defense Forces says all 11 people released were Israelis, it's not clear if some of them hold dual citizenship.

All are residents of kibbutz Nir Oz in southern Israel, an official statement from the kibbutz said.

The hostages released have been identified as:

  • Eitan Yahalomi, child
  • Sharon Kunio, adult
  • Emma Kunio, child
  • Yuli Kunio, child
  • Karina Engel, adult
  • Mika Engel, adult
  • Yuval Engel, child
  • Sahar Kalderon, child
  • Erez Kalderon, child
  • Or Yaakov, child
  • Yagil Yaakov, child

Tamar Michaelis contributed reporting to this post.