Two Israeli hostages were killed and eight others were injured in Israeli raids on Gaza
CAIRO (Reuters) – The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said on Sunday via the movement’s Telegram channel that Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip during the past 96 hours led to the killing of two Israeli hostages and the serious wounding of eight others.
Regarding the remaining hostages, the statement said, “Their conditions are becoming more dangerous in light of the inability to provide them with appropriate treatment. Israel bears full responsibility for the lives of the injured in light of its continued bombing.”
Hamas fighters killed 1,200 people in southern Israel and kidnapped at least 250 in their unprovoked incursion on October 7, according to Israeli statistics. Israel responded with a military attack on the Gaza Strip that killed more than 28,000 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.
During a week-long truce in late November, Hamas released more than 100 Israeli and foreign hostages in exchange for Israel releasing about 240 Palestinian prisoners.
Israeli army spokesman Admiral Daniel Hagari said on Tuesday that 31 of the remaining hostages held by Hamas in Gaza had died.
He added in a regular press conference, “We informed 31 families that their detained loved ones are no longer alive and that we have announced their deaths.”
Israel said 136 hostages were still being held in Gaza.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club, which documents and cares for all Palestinian detainees, issued a statement on Sunday in which it said that the number of Palestinians who have been arrested since October 7 reached 6,950 people.
(Reporting by Adam McCurry; Editing by Eileen Hardcastle, Bernadette Baum and Sharon Singleton)
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