Biden holds meeting with 4-year-old American who was previously held captive by Hamas

President Biden had a meeting with Abigail Edan, a 4-year-old who was once held by Hamas in Gaza and was eventually released in November as part of a hostage agreement. The meeting took place at the White House on Wednesday.

During a press conference, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan expressed that the meeting was a source of joy, while also serving as a reminder to President Biden of the ongoing work that needs to be done. This is particularly important as there are still hostages being held by Hamas following their terrorist attacks against Israel in October.

According to Sullivan, the safe return of the woman brought both happiness and a sense of accomplishment. He emphasized that this event served as a reminder of the ongoing work and the significance of President’s personal commitment and government’s efforts in securing a cease-fire and hostage deal, ensuring the safe return of all individuals involved.

Edan and her siblings’ parents tragically lost their lives during the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks in Israel. Following these devastating events, Edan, who holds dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship, became the youngest U.S. citizen to be held hostage by Hamas.

One of the hostages released in November from Gaza, she had the opportunity to pause in the fighting. During that time, President Biden had a conversation with her family.

The United States is actively advocating for another ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The goal is to ensure the safe release of any remaining hostages and to facilitate the delivery of essential humanitarian aid to Gaza. This region has experienced significant casualties among Palestinians due to Israeli military actions in response to the October 7 attacks.

According to Israeli officials, there are still over 100 individuals who remain captive in Gaza, with up to six of them being American citizens.

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