Daily Briefing Oct 21: Day 15 of war – Two freed hostages offer glimmer of good news – The Times of Israel

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.
US bureau chief Jacob Magid and reporter Canaan Lidor join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.
We have closed two weeks of war here in Israel, war that erupted with Hamas’s October 7 massacre, which saw some 2,500 terrorists burst across the border into Israel from the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea. They killed some 1,400 people, the vast majority civilians from all walks of life, including entire families. The IDF has identified some 210 hostages so far, of all ages.
But two were freed last night into Egypt. Magid fills us in.
The first 20 trucks carrying aid entered Gaza on Saturday through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. These trucks moved into the Strip amid continued rocket fire toward southern and central Israel. We hear first of all who is sending the aid.
Magid reported yesterday that a group of Israeli soldiers and settlers allegedly carried out a ruthless assault on three Palestinians in the central West Bank last week, days after the Hamas terror group’s October 7 onslaught in southern Israel. Has there been official confirmation of this alleged heinous attack?
Finally, Lidor describes the plight of hundreds of Israeli farmers from the Gaza envelope as supermarket shelves are empty.
For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.
Discussed articles include:
Live blog October 21, 2023
Hamas releases two hostages, mother and daughter Judith and Natalie Raanan
1st aid trucks enter Gaza as number of confirmed hostages held in Strip reaches 210
IDF, settlers allegedly bind, strip, beat, burn, urinate on 3 Palestinians in W. Bank
For Israeli farmers near Gaza, damage may be temporary but long-term crisis looms
THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel
THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown
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