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Israeli Bombing Kills 7 Hostages In Gaza, Says Hamas

Hamas detained around 250 Israelis and foreigners in October 7 attack on Israel (File)

Hamas announced on Friday that seven more hostages it captured in an unprecedented attack on southern Israel on October 7 were killed in an Israeli military operation in Gaza.

“After investigation and scrutiny over the past few weeks, we have confirmed that Zionist (Israeli) bombing has resulted in the martyrdom of a number of Mujahideen and the killing of seven enemy prisoners of war in the Gaza Strip,” the spokesperson said. said the statement. for its military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

Hamas captured about 250 Israelis and foreigners in an attack in southern Israel on October 7 that resulted in the deaths of about 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. did.

Approximately 130 people remain detained.

Ahead of Friday’s announcement by Hamas, which AFP could not independently confirm, the deaths included 31 people who Israel said were presumed dead, including six soldiers.

A Hamas statement on Friday said the number of hostages who died as a result of the Israeli military operation “may have exceeded” 70.

The reason for the discrepancy was not clear.

During a week-long ceasefire in November, a total of 105 hostages, including Israelis, were released in exchange for Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

Mediators from Egypt, Qatar and the United States are racing to reach a new ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip, according to the Hamas-controlled region’s health ministry. At least 30,228 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in Israel’s operation to eliminate Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to the Hamas-controlled area’s Health Ministry.

According to the White House, the leaders of the three countries outlined what a cease-fire agreement would look like in a telephone conversation on Thursday.

“The leaders emphasized that the release of the hostages will result in an immediate and lasting ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for at least six weeks,” the White House said in a statement.

“They exchanged ideas about how these long periods of calm could be built into something more permanent.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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