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Israeli Military revises number of hostages held in Gaza to 199, higher than previous estimates

Antonio Macías’ mom cries over her son’s physique lined with the Israeli flag at Pardes Haim cemetery in Kfar Saba, close to Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. Macias was killed by Hamas militants whereas attending a music pageant in southern Israel earlier this month. – AP

The Israeli army has revised the variety of individuals confirmed to have been kidnapped by Hamas throughout the cross-border terrorist assaults to 199 people.

“The families have been notified. He did not specify whether that number includes foreigners, or say who is holding them,” stated Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, a army spokesman on Monday.

Most are believed to be held by the Hamas militant group, which guidelines Gaza.

Greater than one million individuals have fled their properties within the Gaza Strip forward of an anticipated Israeli retaliation that seeks to eradicate Hamas’ management after its lethal incursion. Assist teams warn an Israeli floor offensive might hasten a humanitarian disaster.

Israeli forces, supported by U.S. warships, positioned themselves alongside Gaza’s border and drilled for what Israel stated could be a broad marketing campaign to dismantle the militant group. Every week of blistering airstrikes have demolished neighbourhoods however didn’t cease militant rocket hearth into Israel.

The incursion by Hamas that started Oct. 7 triggered a devastating battle within the Gaza Strip. It has change into the deadliest of 5 Gaza wars for each side, with greater than 4,000 lifeless.

The Gaza Well being Ministry stated 2,670 Palestinians have been killed and 9,600 wounded. Greater than 1,400 Israelis have been killed, and no less than 155 others, together with kids, have been captured by Hamas and brought into Gaza, in accordance with Israel.

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