Demonstrations in Israel to demand the release of hostages – 05/11/2024 at 10:37 p.m.

Demonstrations in Israel to demand the release of hostages – 05/11/2024 at 10:37 p.m.
Demonstrations in Israel to demand the release of hostages – 05/11/2024 at 10:37 p.m.

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday to demand more efforts from the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to obtain the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Islamist group Hamas.

Family members of the hostages, carrying photos of their loved ones still in captivity, mingled with the crowd demonstrating in Tel Aviv.

Among them, Naama Weinberg, whose cousin Itai Svirsky was kidnapped during the Hamas assault on October 7 and who, according to Israeli authorities, was killed in captivity.

In her speech, she referred to a video published on Saturday in which Hamas announced the death of an Israeli hostage.

“Soon, even those who managed to survive this long will no longer be among the living. They must be saved now,” she said.

In the evening, some demonstrators blocked a highway before being dispersed by police, who used water cannons.

At least three people were arrested.

The Hamas attack on October 7 sparked the devastating war in Gaza, which has raged for nearly seven months.

(Reporting Christophe Van Der Perre and Miro Maman in Tel Aviv; French version Elizabeth Pineau)

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