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Hamas releases third group of hostages as part of truce

The fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was back on track Sunday as the militants freed 17 more hostages, including 14 Israelis and the first American, in a third exchange under a four-day truce that the U.S. said it hoped would be extended. In turn, Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners.
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Hamas militants on Sunday released hostages from Thailand and Russia as part of a cease-fire deal with Israel.
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An Israeli soldier looks at Palestinians fleeing south at Salah al-Din road in central Gaza Strip on Sunday, Nov. 26, on the third day of a temporary cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.
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President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks to reporters in Nantucket, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 26, about hostages freed by Hamas in a third set of releases under a four-day cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas.
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People wave to the convoy carrying newly released hostages from the Gaza Strip, in Ofakim, Israel on Sunday, Nov. 26.
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Newly released hostages from the Gaza Strip, are seen in convoy in Ofakim, Israel on Sunday, Nov. 26.
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People walk past an image of 4-year-old Abigail Edan, a hostage held by Hamas who was released on Sunday, projected onto a building in Tel Aviv, Sunday, Nov 26. Edan's parents were both killed by Hamas militants in the same attack in which she was kidnapped, a cross-border assault Oct. 7 that prompted Israel to declare war on Hamas.
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A group of young Israeli scouts celebrate as they wait the arrival of the newly released hostages from the Gaza Strip, near the helipad of the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, Sunday Nov. 26.
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Omar Atshan, 17, is hugged by his mother after being resealed from an Israeli prison in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Sunday Nov. 26. Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third exchange of hostages for prisoners with Hamas Sunday.
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Omar Atshan, 17, is hugged by his mother after being resealed from an Israeli prison in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Sunday Nov. 26. Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third exchange of hostages for prisoners with Hamas Sunday.
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Omar Atshan, 17, is greeted after being released from an Israeli prison in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Sunday Nov. 26. Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third exchange of hostages for prisoners with Hamas Sunday.
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The exit of a helicopter is covered as hostages get-off after being released from Gaza at the helipad of the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, Sunday Nov. 26. The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was back on track Sunday as the militants freed 17 more hostages, including 14 Israelis and the first American, in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third set of releases under a four-day truce.
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A young Palestinian is greeted after being released from an Israeli prison in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Sunday Nov. 26. Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third exchange of hostages for prisoners with Hamas Sunday.
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A group of Israelis celebrate as a helicopter carrying hostages released from the Gaza Strip lands at the helipad of the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, Sunday Nov. 26. The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was back on track Sunday as the militants freed 17 more hostages, including 14 Israelis and the first American, in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third set of releases under a four-day truce.
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A group of Israelis celebrate as a helicopter carrying hostages released from the Gaza Strip lands at the helipad of the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, Sunday Nov. 26. The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was back on track Sunday as the militants freed 17 more hostages, including 14 Israelis and the first American, in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third set of releases under a four-day truce.
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The exit of a helicopter is covered as hostages get-off, after being released from Gaza, at the helipad of the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, Sunday Nov. 26. The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was back on track Sunday as the militants freed 17 more hostages, including 14 Israelis and the first American, in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners in a third set of releases under a four-day truce.

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