While the IDF says it has intensified its attack against Hamas in areas of northern Gaza, killing “several” militants and hitting underground infrastructure and other “important” targets in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City and JabaliaImportant developments appear on the hostage front. It appears that some teams of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, have lost contact with the groups responsible for monitoring the hostages. This was confirmed by the Israeli newspaper HaaretzSpokesman for the military wing of Hamas. He did not mention the number of untraceable hostages out of about 240 hostages being held in the Gaza Strip, nor the fate of those people held by the Palestinian terrorist organization. “The fate of the prisoners and abductees is still unknown“, said the spokesman Abu Obeida. But he pointed out that this announcement may further complicate mediation efforts to release the hostages in exchange for the release of some Palestinians in Israeli prisons. Bloomberg. The reasons for the sudden cessation of communications with these groups were not revealed, and remain unknown.
The families of the hostages arrive in Jerusalem
At the same time, tens of thousands of Israelis joined the families of the hostages being held Gaza At the conclusion of a five-day march he arrived Jerusalem Shortly before. In fact, a demonstration is currently being held in front of the Knesset to demand the government obtain the release of all hostages, the public broadcaster reported. Cannes News. Representatives of the hostages’ families will meet the former Defense Minister this evening Benny Gantz Former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Gadi Eisenkot, is a member of the Israeli war cabinet, according to confirmation Haaretz. according to The Times of Israel, Kobi Ben AmiHe, who has two family members detained in Gaza, said the families plan to meet with the ministers and ask them what they plan to do to return the hostages to their homeland. Many relatives of detainees in Gaza said they felt abandoned by the government. The march entered the capital at around 3pm, before a protest outside the Prime Minister’s Office at around 4pm. When the demonstrators entered the capital, city residents greeted them with yellow balloons printed with the words “Bring them home“.
Biden’s appeal and negotiations with Qatar
In recent days, President of the United States Joe Biden He made a phone call to the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emphasizing “Urgent need“There are about 240 hostages.”Release them without further delay“, as later confirmed by the White House. As reported on November 17 at NewspaperMeanwhile, the body of a Hamas hostage was found near Al-Shifa Hospital. It’s about to Yehudit WeissSixty-five years old, who was kidnapped by militiamen in Kibbutz Be’eri on Bloody Saturday, October 7th. Moreover, on the hostage front, on the evening of Thursday, November 16, the Israeli government met with a war council to discuss Hamas’ alleged agreement to trade the release of 50 hostages in exchange for a truce of a few days.
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