Hamas Claims 7 Hostages Dead Due To Israeli Bombing In Gaza

Before Friday's statement, around 31 of the remaining hostages had been assumed dead. Of these six are Israeli soldiers. However, based on the new statement issued by Hamas, the number of hostages killed at the hands of Israeli bombardment "may have exceeded" 70.
Hamas Claims 7 Hostages Dead Due To Israeli Bombing In Gaza

Hamas Claims 7 Hostages Dead Due To Israeli Bombing In Gaza

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Gaza: Palestinian militant group Hamas has stated that seven more hostages have died due to Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip. On October 7, Hamas seized around 250 hostages, of which 136 remain in Gaza and around 30 are assumed dead.
"After examination and scrutiny during recent weeks, we have confirmed the martyrdom of a number of our mujahideen and the killing of seven enemy prisoners in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Zionist (Israeli) bombing," stated a spokesperson for Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the militant group.
Before Friday's statement, around 31 of the remaining hostages had been assumed dead. Of these six are Israeli soldiers. However, based on the new statement issued by Hamas, the number of hostages killed at the hands of Israeli bombardment "may have exceeded" 70.
During the weeklong truce in November, Israel and Hamas exchanged 105 hostages and over 200 Palestinian prisoners. With 136 still in Gaza, mediator countries - Egypt, Qatar and the United States - have been pushing Israel and Hamas for a new truce deal, which could also lead to the end of the Gaza war.
As per US President Joe Biden, America is hopeful a ceasefire will be in place before the start of Ramadan. Ramadan, the holy month for Islam, is expected to start on March 10 and 11, 2024. As per the US, this next ceasefire deal would see the immediate release of all hostages and a ceasefire in Gaza for at least six weeks.
(With inputs from agencies)
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