Number of living hostages could be as low as 50, report

YnetNews.com reports: “The number living hostages is much lower than the number reported so far, mediators in the currently stalled cease-fire and hostage release negotiations and a U.S. official claimed in interviews with the Wall Street Journal published on Thursday. According to them, it is possible that the number of hostages being held in Gaza that are still alive is only 50.

According to this assessment, based in part on intelligence held by the IDF, 66 of the 116 hostages from October 7 that remain in Gaza are dead.

There are four other Israeli hostages currently being held in Gaza: Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul were abducted during the 2014 Gaza War and their bodies are held in Gaza, as well as Israelis Avra ​​Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who crossed the border on their own.

Washington and Jerusalem refused to comment on the numbers presented in the article. Hamas did not comment either but have told mediators in the cease-fire talks that it doesn’t know how many hostages are still alive…”

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