Hamas-Israel war: death of an Israeli hostage held in the Gaza Strip

Hamas-Israel war: death of an Israeli hostage held in the Gaza Strip
Hamas-Israel war: death of an Israeli hostage held in the Gaza Strip

An Israeli hostage held in the Gaza Strip since the Hamas attacks on October 7 was declared dead this Friday morning.

An Israeli hostage held in the Gaza Strip since the Hamas attacks on October 7 has been declared dead, Israeli authorities and relatives announced this Friday morning.

Dror Or, aged 49, had been held in the Gaza Strip since October 7, Kibbutz Be’eri where he lived and whose residents were among the most affected by the attack on Israeli territory said in a statement. of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

His wife, Yonat, was killed during this attack and two of their three children, Noam and Alma, aged 17 and 13 respectively, were kidnapped. They were then released under a truce agreement at the end of November.

“It is now confirmed that Dror Or, kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, was assassinated and his body held in Gaza,” the Israeli government indicated on its official X account, specifying that Alma, Noam and their brother Yahli were now orphans.

The announcement of the death of this hostage comes as the mediating countries – Qatar, United States and Egypt – await Hamas’ response to a new truce proposal associated with the release of hostages.

At the end of November, a one-week truce allowed the release of 105 hostages, including 80 Israelis and dual nationals exchanged for 240 Palestinians detained by Israel.

The war broke out on October 7 when Hamas commandos carried out an attack which resulted in the death of 1,170 people, mainly civilians, according to an AFP report based on official Israeli data. More than 250 people had been kidnapped and 129 remain captive in Gaza, of whom 35 are now dead including Dror Or.

In retaliation, Israel vowed to annihilate Hamas and launched a vast offensive in the Gaza Strip, which caused more than 34,500 deaths, mostly civilians, according to the armed Islamist movement’s Health Ministry.

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