Gaza war: Families of hostages mark 150 days of captivity; 16-year-old killed in Israeli raids

Families of hostages hold silent march marking 150 days of captivity

Israel Gaza war An Israeli soldier aims a weapon as they take position during a raid, in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank | Reuters

In Israel's latest raid in Ramallah, a 16-year-old has been reportedly shot dead and killed by the forces. The incident happened when the forces raided the al-Amari camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city. 

The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health said Mustafa Aby Shalbak got injuries in his neck and chest. Though the kid was rushed to the hospital, he was declared dead. 

As many as 15 Palestinians were detained by Israeli troops overnight, reported Palestinian news agency Wafa. Detentions were also reported from places including Bethlehem, Tubas and East Jerusalem. Over 7,000 Palestinians have been detained so far by the military in the series of raids conducted by the troops.

Families of hostages hold silent march

Marking the 150 days of captivity, the families of hostages and other supporters held a silent march at Knesset. 

Around 130 hostages are believed to be still held in Hamas' captivity. Including the three mistakenly killed by the IDF, the bodies of 11 hostages have been recovered by the authorities so far. 

Israel hostage truce deal A woman walks next to posters with pictures of the hostages kidnapped in the deadly October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from Gaza in Tel Aviv | Reuters

Meanwhile, the IDF has confirmed 31 deaths in Hamas captivity based on the intelligence reports. 

As many as 30,534 Palestinians have been killed and 71,920 have been injured in Israeli attacks so far, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. 

IDF on Monday claimed to have apprehended suspected Hamas members who were attempting to flee "under the protection of the civilian population".

"On Saturday, Islamic Jihad terrorists fired rockets toward kibbutz Be’eri and kibbutz Hatzerim. In under 30 minutes since the launch, IDF troops identified the terrorist cell and directed an aircraft that struck and eliminated the terrorists," said IDF. 

While briefing on the military activities, IDF said its troops killed 15 terrorists using sniper, tank, and aerial fire over the past day. 

“IDF troops led the evacuation of the civilian population, and apprehended approximately 80 wanted individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who attempted to flee under the protection of the civilian population,” it said. 


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