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138 hostages still held by Gaza militants, say Israeli authorities

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Dec 06, 2023 12:38 AM IST

Previously, Israeli officials had said 137 hostages were still inside the Gaza Strip and included 20 women and two children.

Israel now counts 138 hostages held by Gaza militants, authorities told AFP on Tuesday, after adding to the list one person previously considered missing since Hamas's October 7 attacks.

Previously, Israeli officials had said 137 hostages were still inside the Gaza Strip and included 20 women and two children.(REUTERS)
Previously, Israeli officials had said 137 hostages were still inside the Gaza Strip and included 20 women and two children.(REUTERS)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office provided the updated number but gave no details concerning the 138th confirmed hostage or how Israeli authorities were able to verify their status.

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Previously, Israeli officials had said 137 hostages were still inside the Gaza Strip and included 20 women and two children.

Officials say some 240 people -- both Israelis and foreigners -- were abducted by Palestinian militants who stormed southern Israel on October 7, launching attacks that killed 1,200, mostly civilians.

Israel has responded with an intense military campaign aimed at eliminating Islamist group Hamas which controls Gaza, and since October 27 has sent ground forces into the narrow Palestinian enclave.

The devastating violence has killed nearly 16,000 people in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

A seven-day truce which began in late November saw 105 hostages released from Gaza captivity, including 80 who were freed in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Five hostages were freed before the truce, including one rescued in an Israeli operation.

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