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Emmanuel Macron says Qatar played ‘very important role’ in release of US hostages held by Hamas

Judith Raanan, proper, and her 17-year-old daughter Natalie are escorted by Israeli troopers and Gal Hirsch, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s particular coordinator for returning the hostages. (Authorities of Israel through AP Photograph)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday stated Qatar had performed a key position within the launch by Palestinian militant group Hamas of two American hostages held since its assault towards Israel on October 7, including he was assured of additional releases.

“This is a very good outcome obtained by the negotiators, in which Qatar played a very important role,” Macron advised a gaggle of reporters.

Macron stated France wished comparable operations to proceed within the subsequent “hours and days” to proceed “allowing hostages, in particular our hostages, to get out.”

“The discussions we are having…through various contacts and Qatar in particular, give us hope that we will be able to find solutions to get as many hostages out as possible.”

“We are confident: the channels we have are the right ones and are useful,” he added.

Macron stated seven French residents have been lacking however of them just one — Mia Shem who appeared in a video that was condemned by Paris — was confirmed to be held hostage.

“For the other six others there an assumption they are being held hostage but no certainty,” he stated. A complete of 30 French residents are confirmed by Paris to have been killed within the assault by Hamas, based on its newest toll Friday.

US hostages Judith Tai Raanan and her daughter Natalie Shoshana Raanan have been again in Israel late Friday, the Israeli authorities stated.

No particulars got on their situation however US President Joe Biden shortly stated he was “overjoyed” on the information.

Direct contact with Hezbollah

Israel says 203 folks — Israelis, twin nationals and foreigners — have been kidnapped by Hamas gunmen after they launched the deadliest assaults in Israel’s 75-year historical past. Not less than 1,400 folks have been killed, largely civilians, based on the federal government.

Israel has responded with a relentless bombing marketing campaign towards the Gaza Strip that has left at the very least 4,137 folks useless, largely civilians, based on the Hamas administration.

The French president, who to this point has not travelled to Israel within the wake of the assaults in contrast to a number of different world leaders like Biden, added he didn’t rule out travelling to the area within the “next days” relying on his talks with regional leaders.

Macron additionally stated France had been in direct contact with pro-Tehran Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah to keep away from a flare-up on Lebanon’s southern border after the assault by Hamas on Israel.

“We sent messages to Hezbollah very directly through our ambassador and our services,” Macron advised the group of reporters, including that regardless of rocket fireplace on the border there was “no escalation” however “we remain very cautious”.

He stated the responses to the messages indicated that there was “no desire” for the present conflictual status-quo to maneuver into higher escalation.

“There is a situation of tension which is extremely worrying in any case and poses a great risk to the entire region. We will do everything to avoid escalation but the security situation remains by definition unstable because it is at a very high level of tension and pressure,” he stated.



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