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Israeli military says 126 hostages ‘confirmed’ in Hamas hands

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The Israeli army mentioned Sunday it had confirmed 126 individuals held as hostages by Hamas because the Palestinian militant group staged their lethal assault eight days earlier.

Authorities had initially estimated about 150 Israeli and overseas captives after Hamas launched its October 7 assault that killed at the least 1,300 in Israel.

Heavy Israeli bombardment since has killed over 2,300 within the Palestinian enclave and tens of hundreds of troops have massed alongside Gaza’s border in readiness for an invasion.

Navy spokesman Richard Hecht additionally mentioned that 286 Israeli troopers had now been killed in army operations launched in response to the unprecedented Hamas assaults.

Israeli officers say the variety of recognized hostages had been revised down as our bodies from the Hamas assault websites in southern Israel have been discovered and recognized.

Hecht instructed a briefing that 126 hostages had been “confirmed”.

The determine was up from 120 reported on Saturday, and officers cautioned the quantity was more likely to maintain altering in coming days.

The army has additionally mentioned its forces had discovered the our bodies of a number of the hostages in raids into Gaza, with out offering a quantity.

Hamas has claimed that 22 hostages have been killed in Israeli strikes, with out offering proof.

It has warned it’s going to kill hostages in response to unannounced Israeli strikes on civilians targets.

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