After a failed rescue, a 25-year-old Israeli hostage died in Gaza

Sahar Baruch (25), an Israeli hostage held by Hamas in Gaza, died after a failed rescue attempt. The information was confirmed by the kibbutz where she lived and an association of relatives. Furthermore, Gaza authorities claim that there have already been at least 17,490 Palestinian victims since the conflict began.

Baruch is the latest confirmed fatality among dozens of Israelis and foreigners who were taken hostage during the October 7 Hamas attacks in southern Israel.

The victim lived in Beeri, a Gaza border kibbutz. According to the Israeli Forum for Hostages and Missing Relatives, the young man was “murdered.” “With deep pain and a broken heart we announce the murder of Sahar Baruch,” the statement says. He was “kidnapped from his house by Hamas terrorists and taken to Gaza (…) and murdered there,” he adds.

Hostage rescue

Israel stated earlier this week that 138 hostages remain in Gaza, of the nearly 240 kidnapped on October 7 during the attacks in which, according to authorities, nearly 1,200 people, mostly civilians, died.

Last Friday, December 8, the Israeli army declared that two soldiers were injured in a hostage rescue operation in which none of the captives were freed.. While Hamas announced that its armed wing, the Ezedin al Qasam Brigades, “managed to thwart an Israeli attempt to free an Israeli hostage,” and searched “a dead hostage.”

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The armed group also released a video in which the body of a man appeared, believed to be Baruch, but its authenticity could not be confirmed.

After the Hamas advance in October, Israel began bombing Gaza and, since then, at least 17,490 people have died in that territory. the majority women and children, according to the latest balance sheet from the Ministry of Health of the Hamas-run territory.

Hamas, in power in Gaza since 2007, estimates that the number of victims is much higher, but that Palestinian relief services and foreign NGOs cannot access many bombed areas to extract people buried under the rubble.

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