New Jersey native turns 20 while being held hostage by Hamas

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Friday, December 29, 2023
NJ native taken hostage by Hamas turns 20 years old
The 20-year-old's family is marking his birthday by urging President Biden to keep up the pressure to bring him home.

TENAFLY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A New Jersey native who is being held hostage in Gaza by Hamas turned 20 while in captivity Friday.

Edan Alexander graduated from Tenafly High School in 2022, then he moved to Israel to volunteer with the country's military.

"Tammy and I are thinking of the Alexander family today on Edan's 20th birthday. We cannot imagine the pain they are feeling without their son and brother," New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a post on X.

Alexander is one of six remaining American hostages held in Gaza, all of which are men.

"His birthday will mark 84 days since Edan was taken while defending the Gaza Border as a member of the Israeli Defense Force," said his parents, Adi and Yael Alexander, in a statement. "We are proud of his selflessness, courage and loyalty, and we miss his laugh and sense of humor, which brighten every room. He deserves to be celebrating his birthday with his little brother and sister. Instead, he is being held captive in the dark."

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