A video of an Israeli hostage broadcast by the movement

He could be one of around 128 people still captive in the Gaza Strip. The armed wing of Hamas broadcast a video this Saturday on Telegram showing an Israeli hostage. He has reportedly been detained since the attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement on October 7.

These images of around ten seconds, and the date of recording is not specified, show a man, with a swollen eye and a haggard look, who utters his name. The message is accompanied by the hashtags “Time is running out” and “your government is lying.”

Forceps negotiations

This video comes on the 218th day of war and as indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas to secure a truce in Gaza associated with the release of hostages continue after delegations from mediating countries (Egypt, Qatar, United States) left Cairo on Thursday without an agreement following talks.

The video was also broadcast just before May 14, the date of the proclamation of the State of Israel which was created in 1948. The war broke out on October 7 when Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gaza carried out an unprecedented attack against Israel, causing more than 1,170 deaths, mostly civilians, according to an AFP report based on official Israeli data. More than 250 people have been kidnapped and 128 remain captive in Gaza, of whom 36 are believed to have died, according to the army.

Nearly 35,000 dead in the Gaza Strip

In response, Israel promised to “annihilate” Hamas, in power in Gaza since 2007 and to free the hostages, and launched an offensive which has so far left 34,971 dead, according to the Islamist movement’s Ministry of Health.

Other hostage videos have already been released by Palestinian armed groups since the start of the war. The hostages speaking in the previous videos testified to the conditions of detention, and also challenged the Israeli authorities

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