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Four more hostages, who were alive in last video posted by militant group, die in Hamas captivity: Israel

Four more hostages, who were held by Hamas, have died in the captivity. Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, a spokesperson for the Israeli military has confirmed the deaths.

Edited By: Shubham Bajpai Tel Aviv Updated on: June 04, 2024 0:04 IST
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The Israeli military announced on Monday that four additional hostages, abducted by Hamas during the October 7 attacks, have died in captivity. Their bodies are being held by the Islamist group. The four men have been identified as Haim Perry, Yoram Metzger, Amiram Cooper, and Nadav Popplewell, all of whom had been seen alive in videos posted by Hamas.

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, a spokesperson for the Israeli military, confirmed the deaths and provided assurances regarding Israel's security measures. He emphasized that the military is prepared to ensure the nation's safety in the event of any Gaza truce or hostage release agreement determined by the government.

Israel’s military spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, said the four men died together in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis when Israel was operating there. The cause of death was not immediately known. “We are checking all of the options,” Hagari said. “There are a lot of questions.”

Israel carried out a major offensive in Khan Younis, a Hamas stronghold, early this year. Hamas claimed in May that Popplewell had died after being wounded in an Israeli airstrike, but provided no evidence.

Cooper, Metzger and Peri were featured in a Hamas propaganda video in which Peri, clearly under duress, said in the video that all three men had chronic illnesses and accused Israel of abandoning them. The deaths added to the growing list of hostages who Israel says have died in captivity.

On October 7, Hamas took some 250 hostages back to Gaza. Roughly half were released during a brief ceasefire period in November. Of some 130 remaining in the strip, about 85 are believed to still be alive. That’s as Israeli leadership brushes aside a Biden proposal to end the war and initiate another hostages-for-prisoners exchange.

Israeli bombardments and ground operations in Gaza have killed more than 36,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians.

Israel is expanding its offensive in the southern city of Rafah, once the main hub of humanitarian aid operations. The Israeli invasion has largely cut off the flow of food, medicine and other supplies to Palestinians facing widespread hunger.

Last week, President Joe Biden detailed a three-phase deal that was proposed by Israel to Hamas militants that he said would lead to the release of the remaining hostages in Gaza and could end the grinding, nearly 8-month-old war.

(With inputs from agencies)

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