Israel has actually responded by battering Gaza with air raid, killing thousands, and has claimed it will certainly act to release the hostages while eliminating Hamas. The captives include people from lots of countries, while numerous additionally have Israeli citizenship.

Tel Aviv: Shooters from the Palestinian team Hamas took at the very least 200 hostages and killed concerning 1,400 individuals during an Oct. 7 dawn raid performed from the Gaza Strip on neighborhoods and army bases in southerly Israel.

Israel has responded by pounding Gaza with air strikes, eliminating thousands, and has stated it will certainly act to release the hostages while eliminating Hamas.

Israel has actually accumulated containers and troops near the perimeter of the enclave and called on Palestinians to evacuate the north of Gaza before an anticipated ground intrusion.

Hamas has actually suggested the captives could be switched for approximately 6,000 Palestinians kept in Israeli prisons.

In 2011, Israel was criticized by several of its residents for swapping 1,027 Palestinian detainees to win the launch of one Israeli soldier.

Israel has actually stated that there will be no end to the clog of the territory without flexibility for Israeli captives.

The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is anticipated to open up for the delivery of limited quantities of aid from Friday.


An approximated 200 individuals, consisting of 30 minors and children and 20 people over the age of 60, are being held hostage in Gaza, Israel’s public broadcaster Kan claimed on Thursday, pointing out army sources.

Hamas claims it has in between 200 and 250. It stated greater than 20 hostages have actually been killed by Israeli air strikes, yet has not given any kind of further information.


Israel says the hostages were required to Gaza yet their specific location within the enclave are unidentified, making their rescue much more complex. It is believed numerous could be held in the warren of tunnels under Gaza that Israeli troops call the “Gaza Metro”.

Hamas on Monday launched a video clip of Mia Schem, a 21-year-old French-Israeli woman recorded at a dance party. In the video, she was revealed being dealt with for an injury to her arm by an unidentified medical worker.


The captives include people from lots of nations, while lots of also have Israeli citizenship.

Twenty or more Americans are missing, united state national safety and security adviser Jake Sullivan stated on Tuesday, including that he could not say the number of those were being held hostage. Republican Senator Jim Risch informed reporters on Tuesday that 10 of the hostages were Americans.

Thailand claims 14 of its people are being held. Eight Germans are among the hostages, regarding fifty percent of whom were taken at a kibbutz, according to local media.

Argentine Head of state Alberto Fernandez claimed in a video clip phone call with families that 16 of his countrymen were being held.

At the very least 9 British nationals have actually been eliminated and 7 missing out on, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s agent stated. During a journey to Israel on Thursday, Sunak met the households of 2 of the missing that are believed to have actually been taken hostage and held in Gaza.

France has actually not claimed precisely how many of its residents are held in Gaza, although there are seven unaccounted for after the attacks, of which some are being held hostage.

Ofir Engel, an 18-year-old Dutch national, was abducted from Kibbutz Be’eri and required to Gaza, according to the Dutch government.

Portugal claimed it thinks that 4 Portuguese-Israelis that are missing have actually been hijacked. Israeli-Chilean Dafna Garcovich was taken hostage with her Spanish other half Ivan Illaramendi, her papa stated. Italy claims two double Italian-Israeli nationals are missing, presumed abducted.

Hamas’s armed wing stated on Oct. 16 that kidnapped non-Israelis were “visitors” who would be released “when situations on the ground enable.”


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed a retired general, Gal Hirsch, as Israel’s organizer on captives and missing individuals.

Qatari mediators have stated they have actually attempted to negotiate liberty for Israeli females and kids seized by Hamas in return for the release of 36 Palestinian women and youngsters from Israel’s jails, a source briefed on the talks told Reuters. Until now, there has actually been no indicator a deal could be handy.

Turkey is additionally chatting with Hamas to secure the launch of foreigners, private citizens and kids, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said on Tuesday. He informed state-run Andalou news agency that countries consisting of the U.S. and Germany have actually requested for help from Turkey on winning the release of their residents.

U.S. President Joe Biden said his administration is “workin’ like heck” to discover American hostages held by Hamas. The united state has actually sent out a small team of unique procedures pressures to Israel to assist with intelligence and preparation for any kind of eventual procedures to save the hostages.

Britain’s Sunak has stated his government is speaking to companions in the region to attempt and assist secure the return of captives.

Argentina’s Fernandez claimed his federal government was chatting with Israeli intelligence pressures to find Argentine captives.

Germany has actually opened an examination into participants of Hamas for presumed murder, wrongful death and hostage-taking. Under German law, district attorneys are urged to examine believed criminal activities abroad if they entail German residents.


Households of missing Franco-Israeli citizens advised French Head of state Emmanuel Macron to help locate their missing relatives.

The households of German captives said they will hold a rally in Berlin on Sunday to call for their relatives’ launch after consulting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tel Aviv.

Last Updated: 20 October 2023