Video which shows two Israeli hostagesone 70 year old woman and one teenagerthe organization published Islamic Jihadstating that they are being held at Gauzewhere the situation of civilians is tragic.
The spokesman for the Israeli army, Richard Hecht, during a press briefing today, called “psychological terrorism of the manipulative kind” the publication of the document.
Israeli media reported on this video, showing a screenshot. At the same time, Israel begins “four-hour pauses” in hostilities in Gaza.
Hundreds of hostages in the Gaza Strip
Nearly 240 people, both Israeli and foreign citizens, were kidnapped in the October 7 attack by Hamas. Hamas’s military wing says it is holding nearly 200.
The spokesman for Islamic Jihad, known as Abu Hamza, said in the video that his organization was also holding hostages without specifying their number.
In the video, the two hostages express a desire to be released quickly to be reunited with their relatives and criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis.
The spokesman announced that Islamic Jihad was ready to release the 70-year-old “for humanitarian and health reasons”. “We can no longer give her the care she needs because of the lack of fuel, electricity and basic means of survival.”
As for the teenager, the organization says it is willing to release him “for humanitarian reasons and because of his age, even though the occupier’s prisons are full of children” of Palestinians.
“Our initiative will take place if the security conditions on the ground are met to ensure the protection of our Palestinian people,” he said, adding that the hostages’ lives could be endangered by Israeli shelling.
“An important sign of life”
Israel hailed videos released earlier today by Palestinian militants showing two hostages being held in Gaza as an important sign of life, but declined to say whether they would be released, saying that if they did so, it would be like plays the “psychological warfare” of the kidnappers.
“This is a sign of life, and it’s important,” said the chief spokesman for the Israeli armed forces, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, when asked about the elderly woman and boy held by the Islamic Jihad group.
“I will, for now, ignore the issue of their release… We will be the first to notify the families before anything happens.”
“The war in Gaza will not stop until the hostages are freed”
For his part, Israel’s defense minister said today that the army is taking “local precision measures” in the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinian refugees to flee and escape clashes with Hamas, apparently referring to the four-hour “pauses”. announced earlier by Washington.
“These things will not distract us from the war,” Yoav Gallad said when asked by a reporter about the US announcement, which he did not directly comment on.
Gallant said he considers the children held hostage by Hamas “his own”, stressing that the war in Gaza will not stop until they are freed. Israel will get to every Palestinian involved in the October 7 attack, “even if it takes years,” he added.
According to the Israeli minister, the army is using “new methods” in its operations to locate and destroy Hamas’ underground tunnels.
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