Israel-Hamas war: IDF announces death of hostage held in Gaza

Israel-Hamas war: IDF announces death of hostage held in Gaza
Israel-Hamas war: IDF announces death of hostage held in Gaza

The Israeli army and the Hostage Families Forum announced Monday the death of a Bedouin soldier, killed on October 7 during the attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Israel and whose body was taken to the Gaza Strip .

Until now presumed to be a hostage of Hamas, Sergeant Major Mohammad Alatrash, a 39-year-old Bedouin from the village of Moulada (southern Israel), “fell in combat and then was held hostage by a terrorist organization,” he said. the army said in a statement.

“Two wives and 13 children”

The Hostage Families Forum declared that it “deeply mourned the loss of Sergeant Major Mohammad Alatrash”, “who fell in combat on October 7 and then taken to Gaza by Hamas terrorists”.

He “leaves behind him two wives and 13 children,” added the main hostage association in its press release. It also released a video from October 7 showing the kidnapping by Hamas fighters of three Israelis who had taken refuge in a shelter after fleeing the Nova festival.

“National failure”

“We will not end the war until we bring home each of our 120 beloved ones,” responded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said on Sunday that he was “ready to conclude a partial agreement” to allow “some” of the hostages to be brought back, which hostage relatives criticized.

“Ending the fighting in Gaza without the release of the hostages would constitute an unprecedented national failure and move away from the objectives of the war,” the Families Forum wrote in a statement on Monday.

With the death of Sergeant Major Mohammad Alatrash, the number of victims killed during the bloody Hamas attack rose to 1,195, the majority civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli data. Of 251 people kidnapped on October 7, 116 are still being held in Gaza, 42 of whom are dead according to the army.

The Israeli military campaign launched in retaliation on the small Palestinian territory left 37,626 dead, mostly civilians, according to data from the Ministry of Health of the Hamas government for Gaza.

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