Militants claim video shows 13-year-old boy, woman held hostage in Gaza

We are ready to release them on humanitarian grounds when the security conditions on the ground are met, the group's spokesman said

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Smoke from Israeli bombardment rises behind people fleeing Gaza City on Thursday. — AFP
Smoke from Israeli bombardment rises behind people fleeing Gaza City on Thursday. — AFP

Published: Thu 9 Nov 2023, 10:21 PM

A Palestinian militant group on Thursday released a video it claimed showed two hostages, a woman in her 70s and a 13-year-old boy, held in Gaza.

"We are ready to release them on humanitarian grounds when the security conditions on the ground are met," Abu Hamza, spokesman for the group's military wing, said in the video.

Around 240 people were abducted on October 7 during attacks in southern Israel by Hamas from Gaza, according to Israeli officials.

The video was slammed as "psychological terrorism" by Israeli military spokesman Richard Hecht, in remarks to journalists moments after the footage was published.

Four hostages have been freed so far and talks were underway to secure the release of others, in exchange for a pause in the fighting and more aid reaching Gaza.

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Hamas group on October 7 killed around 1,400 people, the majority civilians, according to Israeli officials.

More than 10,800 people have been killed as Israel has relentlessly pounded Gaza, also mostly civilians, the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory says.

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