The relatives had been informed about this, said Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari on Tuesday. The military says it believes most of the hostages are still alive. The family of German Shani Louk had previously announced on Monday that the young woman was dead.
She informed the Israeli army about this. The parents initially assumed that the 22-year-old had been injured after the terrorist attack but had been taken alive to the Gaza Strip. According to the military, 40 people are still missing since the terrorist attack. Because of the poor condition of many of the bodies, identification has not yet been completed.
Meanwhile, Israel says it is pushing ahead with ground operations in the Gaza Strip. “Hundreds of targets of the murderous Hamas terrorist organization” were attacked in “coordinated air and ground attacks,” Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Tuesday. A leading commander of the terrorist attack in southern Israel on October 7th was also killed.
He did not provide any information about the locations of the troops or reinforcements of the units. “As we speak, our soldiers are fighting on the battlefield, (…) engaging in fierce hand-to-hand combat, eliminating terrorists,” he said. “The coming weeks will require resilience and patience from all of us,” he said.
At the weekend, Israel’s army ushered in a new phase in the war against Hamas, which rules in the Gaza Strip. In addition to massive air strikes, Israeli troops also expanded their operations on the ground. According to media reports, they are said to have advanced about three kilometers into the Gaza Strip on Monday.
3,450 children killed
According to UNICEF, 3,450 children have been killed in Gaza to date. “Gaza has become a graveyard for children,” spokesman James Elder said during a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. He did not name a source for the number. Without deliveries of fuel, medicine, water and food, the current figures could soon be “just the tip of an iceberg,” Elder continued.
Fuel is needed, among other things, to operate the clinics’ generators, to treat water and for the rescue vehicles, said a WHO spokesman. The UN representatives again called for an immediate ceasefire.
Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah also called for a ceasefire. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected this in the war against Hamas.
According to eyewitnesses, the private home of a Hamas commander in the West Bank was destroyed. This is the family home of Saleh al-Aruri, an exiled leader of the Hamas fighting units in the area partly occupied by Israel. It is believed that Aruri lives in Lebanon. He is deputy to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Aruri is among the radical Islamic organization’s senior officials named by Israel as targets for retaliation for the Oct. 7 attacks. According to local residents, the house was unoccupied at the time of the destruction. The Palestinian areas of the West Bank are controlled by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah organization, but Hamas is trying to gain a stronger foothold there too.
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