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Terry Anderson, who was the longest held American hostage in Lebanon, grins with his 6-year-old daughter Sulome, Dec. 4, 1991, as they leave the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Damascus, Syria, following Anderson's release. Santiago Lyon/AP hide caption

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At Sinai Temple in west Los Angeles, blue ribbon marks off more than 130 seats that stand as reminders of the hostages who remain in Gaza following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel Jason DeRose hide caption

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Gaza hostages raise painful reminders as Jews prepare for Passover

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Posters of some of those kidnapped by Hamas in Israel are displayed on a pole in Manhattan. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Most doxxing campaigns only last a few days. But the effects can be felt for months

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Luis Har, shown here in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 27, was taken hostage during the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks and freed by an Israeli special forces operation in February. In captivity, he says, "Every time we fell into depression, we overcame it with stories. We started to say, where are we going to travel to today in our minds?" Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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129 days: How one Israeli hostage in Gaza told stories to endure captivity

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Carmit Palty Katzir prepares to speak at a weekly rally in Tel Aviv, Israel, calling for the immediate release of the hostages being held in Gaza, Feb. 17. Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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Meirav Leshem Gonen (left), whose daughter Romi is being held hostage in Gaza, embraces Sharon Alony Cunio, who was kidnapped and released from captivity along with her two children and whose husband, David, remains hostage, as the march to Jerusalem passes Kibbutz Sa'ad in southern Israel on Feb. 28. Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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Suheir Barghouti's son, Saleh Barghouti, was shot dead by the Israeli military in 2018 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Six years later, she still doesn't know where his body is. Ayman Oghanna for NPR hide caption

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How the dead serve as bargaining chips in the Israel-Hamas conflict

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This photo provided by the Israeli military shows an Israeli Air Force helicopter carrying what the military said are two released hostages, at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Monday. Israel Defense Forces via AP hide caption

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Palestinians migrate to safer areas due to Israeli attacks that continue in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Jan. 30. Ahmed Zaqout/Anadolu via Getty Images hide caption

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Radio Ajyal producer Mohammed Daher listens to a caller during a weekly radio program in which Palestinians send messages to their relatives in Israeli prisons. Maya Levin for NPR hide caption

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Reaching hostages and prisoners, through Israeli and Palestinian radio

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A man holds a sign calling for the release of the hostages taken by Hamas militants into the Gaza Strip during a demonstration at the Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday Jan. 13, 2024. Leo Correa/AP hide caption

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A man wearing an Israeli flag looks toward ambulances outside a hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel, on Nov. 24. Erik Marmor/Getty Images hide caption

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Israelis gather to witness the first batch of released hostages being brought to Schneider Hospital via helicopter on Nov. 24. Maya Levin for NPR hide caption

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Romi Gonen, age 23, was taken hostage and wounded in the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attack on Israel. It's unclear whether she'll be among those released as part of the hostage deal. Gonen Family hide caption

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An Israeli woman waits to learn if her sister, a Hamas hostage, will be freed in deal

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Ido Dan, an uncle to three children feared abducted by Hamas and taken to Gaza, stands for a portrait with his twin daughters. The remnants of their sixth birthday party, which took place the same day as the incursion, are still around the house. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Families of hostages taken by Hamas militants are desperate amid threats of execution

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In this image from video released by Taliban Media in December 2016, Caitlan Coleman talks in the video while her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle holds their two children. U.S. officials said Pakistan secured the release of Coleman of Stewartstown, Pa., and her husband, who were abducted five years ago while traveling in Afghanistan and then were held by the Haqqani network. Taliban Media via AP hide caption

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Canadian Man Details Horrors Family Endured In Years Held By Haqqani Network

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British daily newspapers from earlier this year showed the masked killer now identified as ISIS figure Mohammed Emwazi. He was targeted Thursday by the U.S. in an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Linda Boyle (left) and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their children, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. Caitlan Coleman, an American married to Canadian Joshua Boyle, was pregnant when the couple was abducted. Bill Gorman/AP hide caption

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For Families Of U.S. Hostages, New Policy May Bring New Hope

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