“DSince October 7th until now, the barbaric Zionist bombing of Gaza has caused the loss of more than 60 enemy prisoners in Gaza,” said Abu Obeida, spokesman for the al-Qasam brigades, the armed wing of the Islamist group Hamas.
On October 26, Abu Obeida had already announced the death of more than 50 hostages, of the 241 believed to be in the hands of the Al Qasam Brigades and other Palestinian armed groups operating in the Gaza Strip.
In the brief note, the spokesperson adds that 23 of the hostages’ bodies remain missing under the rubble of the buildings and maintains that it is likely that they will never be reached “due to the occupation’s continued and brutal aggression against Gaza.”
However, it does not identify the victims or provide further details.
Israel declared war on Hamas on October 7, after a massive attack by the Islamist group on Israeli soil that left more than 1,400 dead, 5,400 injured and captured 241 hostages.
Since then, Israel’s air, naval and land forces have attacked the Palestinian enclave, where around 9,500 people have been killed and more than 24,100 injured, most of them children and women, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, controlled by the Hamas.
This announcement comes one day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip if the release of the 241 hostages taken by Hamas is not guaranteed.
Netanyahu made these statements after meeting with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who traveled to the region to try to negotiate a pause in the fighting.
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