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Half of hostages held in Gaza may have already died in captivity – report

Just 60-70 of the 134 Israelis held captive in Gaza are nonetheless considered to be alive, according to report.

By World Israel Information Employees

Israel estimates that about fifty percent of the Israeli hostages held by terrorists in the Gaza Strip have probable perished in captivity, in accordance to a report by Ha’aretz.

As a result much, 112 hostages have been returned to Israel, such as 105 freed throughout a truce in the very last week of November, 3 rescued by the IDF, and 4 a lot more released by Hamas.

There are 134 Israelis still currently being held in Gaza, although it stays unclear how many are alive, with 36 verified to be lifeless.

According to a source acquainted with Israel’s estimates on the quantity of surviving hostages, only fifty percent of those people however in captivity are thought to be a alive, a substantial drop from very last thirty day period.

In February, Israeli officials advised family members of the hostages that approximately 90 of the 134 captives were believed to be alive, nevertheless 20 of them were in major and likely existence-threatening problem.

Now, Israel is quietly estimating that only 60 to 70 of the captives are still alive.

“I hope I’m mistaken,” the resource advised Ha’aretz, “but the number might be even reduce.

Israel and Hamas are continue to in talks for a feasible hostage deal, which in accordance to recent reviews would contain the releasing of around 40 captives, in exchange for ceasefire and the early launch of 700-800 jailed terrorists.

Hamas has therefore much refused Israel’s present of a six-week ceasefire, and alternatively demanded that the truce be lasting, marking an stop of the existing war, and be accompanied by a comprehensive withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip – demands that Israel has repeatedly said are non-starters.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu satisfied with family members of some of the hostages on Thursday, telling them Israel would go ahead with the prepared floor operation in Rafah, Hamas’ very last stronghold in Gaza.

On Sunday, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, hosted the households of the abducted female soldiers at the Prime Minister’s Business in Jerusalem.

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