Hostages without proof of life

Hostages without proof of life
November 15, 2023 – 00:00
Geneva – Israel lacks “proof of life” of the hostages taken to the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said yesterday after meeting with the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). in Geneva. “To date, none of our hostages have met with the Red Cross (…) we have no proof of life…,” Cohen said at a press conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva. after meeting with the president of the ICRC, Mirjana Spoljaric. The chancellor stated that his country sent food, water and medicine to Gaza, but that so far no hostage has been examined by the Red Cross. The ICRC stressed yesterday that it has not stopped advocating for the hostages and that it maintains direct exchanges with Hamas and with people who have influence over the parties involved. The organization indicated that it continues to request information about the hostages and their state of health. It is also trying to clarify the fate of the people who are missing. The Israeli Foreign Minister stated that the Red Cross must “be firmer and clearer in its statements and exert stronger pressure.” Meanwhile, yesterday relatives of kidnapped hostages began yesterday in Tel Aviv a five-day march to Jerusalem, demanding “an agreement on the hostages.” This 63-kilometer march must lead the walkers to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand from him “the immediate release of all the hostages,” explained the Forum of Families of Hostages and Missing Persons. With portraits of the hostages on T-shirts black or posters, more than a hundred family members and their supporters rushed to the square of the Museum of Fine Arts in Tel Aviv at noon, which became the meeting point for their cause. AFP Agency

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