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Hamas Releases Video of Two Hostages, Urges Israel to Strike Deal

Hamas Hostages

Hamas’s armed wing released a video on Saturday showing two men held hostage in Gaza, urging Israeli authorities to make a deal for the release of all hostages. The Hostages and Missing Families Forum identified the two men as Keith Siegel and Omri Miran, both abducted during the Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7. Siegel holds US citizenship

Here are some details from the report of The Philippine Star.

Emotional Pleas for Freedom

In the video, Miran, 47, appeals for a deal to end their captivity. “The situation here is unpleasant, difficult, and there are many bombs,” he said, indicating that the video was recorded earlier this week. He implored his family to keep protesting to push for a deal. Siegel, 64, became emotional as he spoke, urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reach an agreement soon. “We are in danger here, there are bombs, it is stressful and scary,” he said before breaking down in tears.

The Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, included Hebrew captions in the video, suggesting that Israeli military pressure had not succeeded in freeing the hostages. The message to Israeli officials read, “Do what you need to do before it is too late.”

Later on Saturday, protesters gathered in Tel Aviv to demand that Israeli authorities reach a deal for the release of the hostages. Demonstrators chanted “A deal now,” and called for Netanyahu’s government to step down. Family members of the hostages attended the protest, including Miran’s father and Siegel’s wife. The event featured the newly released video, with participants urging for a peaceful resolution.

Ongoing Conflict and Hostage Crisis

The latest developments come as Hamas says it is studying Israel’s most recent counterproposal for a Gaza ceasefire. Hamas launched an attack on Israel, initiating the hostilities and resulting in over 250 people being taken hostage. The conflict resulted in the deaths of more than 1,170 Israelis and foreigners, while Israel’s retaliatory military offensive in Gaza has killed at least 34,388 people, most of them women and children.

With the hostage crisis still unresolved, there is growing pressure on Israel and Hamas to reach an agreement that ensures the safe release of hostages and eases tensions in the region. Humanitarian groups and the United Nations called for prioritizing the safety and rights of civilians as violence escalated in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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