More than 120 civilians are being held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, reported Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on social media H.
“The IDF has now confirmed that more than 120 civilians are being held captive in the Gaza Strip by the terrorist organization Hamas,” the statement said.
On October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas began military operations against Israel. The militants attacked army border units, entered Israeli populated areas and took an unknown number of military and civilian hostages.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the launch of Operation Iron Swords, and the Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war.
Earlier, the newspaper Takvim and The Times of Israel wrote that, according to its estimates, Hamas is holding about 150 people captive. The Washington Post newspaper, after analyzing visual data, reported that at least 64 hostages were taken to the Gaza Strip.
October 13 Hamas’s militant wing, Izz ed-Din al-Qassam reported, that within 24 hours, 13 hostages, including foreign citizens, were killed due to Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip. According to them, six prisoners died in the Northern Province, another seven in Gaza Province. The citizenship of the dead foreigners is not specified.