“AThe stories told by Hamas are part of its psychological manipulation and this weighs heavily on the entire nation of Israel. Hamas cynically uses those who are dear to us, it understands the pain and pressure it causes”, said Yoav Gallant in a meeting with representatives of the hostages’ families, cited in a statement from his office.
Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said on Saturday he was ready to “immediately” conclude an exchange of hostages held by his movement for “all Palestinian prisoners” held by Israel.
The latest data from the Israeli authorities indicate that there are 239 people detained in Gaza by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, taken hostage in attacks on Israeli territory on October 7th.
At a press conference, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said that “there are 239 abductees, including civilians who are foreign workers, whose identity is difficult to determine and, therefore, difficult to communicate to their families.”
According to an association that defends the rights of Palestinian prisoners, there are around 5,200 detained by Israel, 559 of whom are serving life sentences.
More than 1,400 people, most of them civilians, were killed in Israel in the Hamas attack, according to Israeli authorities.
The Hamas Health Ministry said that retaliatory bombings by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip have killed more than 8,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, including more than 3,300 children.
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