American hostages set free by Hamas amid diplomatic efforts to ease tensions

10:44 AM | 21 Oct, 2023
American hostages set free by Hamas amid diplomatic efforts to ease tensions
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GAZA CITY – Two American nationals, a mother and her daughter taken hostage by Palestine group Hamas, have been set free two weeks after the ongoing war.

Judith Tai Raanan and Natalie Shoshana Raanan, the US nationals were detained by Hamas fighters from the Nahal Oz kibbutz in southern Israel two weeks back. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the development, saying two abductees are home and expressed hope to return all abducted and missing persons.

The Father of teen hostage told international media that his daughter was doing well. The man said her daughter sounds very good, and is waiting to come home. The second victim, the mother, reportedly got a scratch on the head.

It was reported that over 200 people were taken hostage during Hamas assault while there has been no deal reached between the two sides. Earlier, Palestinian group wanted Tel Aviv to stop its bombardment to allow for humanitarian aid.

Qatar reportedly played key role in negotiations as Hamas handed two hostages over to the Red Cross in the Gaza Strip after days of continuous talks between all the parties. 

Israel on the other hand, continued to destroy Palestine's residential areas and claimed to have killed 1,500 of the Hamas fighters in clashes as occupational forces regained control of the area under attack on October 7.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 3, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 3, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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