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Hostage Crisis Unfolds in Gaza: Militant Group Demands Security

According to Israeli sources, roughly 240 persons were taken on October 7 during Hamas attacks in southern Israel.

A Palestinian militant group asserted control over a distressing hostage situation in Gaza, releasing a video that purportedly shows two captives – a woman in her 70s and a 13-year-old boy. 

The group, whose military wing is represented by spokesman Abu Hamza, stated in the video that they are prepared to release the hostages on humanitarian grounds once specific security conditions on the ground are met.

Israeli Reactions and Ongoing Negotiations:

Israeli officials reported that approximately 240 people were abducted on October 7 during attacks in southern Israel by Hamas from Gaza. 

Reacting to the released video, Israeli military spokesman Richard Hecht condemned it as “psychological terrorism.” 

Talks are currently in progress to secure the release of additional hostages, with negotiations revolving around a potential pause in the fighting and increased aid delivery to Gaza.

Human Cost and Casualties:

The toll on civilians has been devastating, with Israeli officials stating that Hamas killed around 1,400 people, primarily civilians, during the October 7 attacks. 

On the other side, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled territory reports that more than 10,800 people, mostly civilians, have lost their lives as Israel relentlessly pounded Gaza. 

The situation remains tense as efforts continue to find a resolution to the crisis.

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