(Reuters) – Israeli Top Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in an interview aired on Sunday that “sufficient” of the 132 ultimate Israeli hostages held in Gaza are alive to justify Israel’s ongoing battle within the area.
Requested how lots of the hostages are nonetheless alive, Netanyahu stated “sufficient to warrant the type of efforts that we are doing.
“We are going to take a look at to do our easiest to get all those that are alive again and, frankly, additionally the our bodies of the lifeless,” he stated within the interview with ABC’s “This Week” program.
Netanyahu additionally stated that one Palestinian civilian has been killed for each and every Hamas fighter killed in Gaza.
Well being government in Gaza, which is managed by means of Hamas, estimate about 28,000 Palestinians, most commonly civilians, had been killed within the area for the reason that warfare started in October.
Palestinian well being government say round 70% of the ones killed are ladies or kids beneath 18. The Global Well being Group has described the Palestinian Well being Ministry machine for reporting casualties as “excellent” and U.N. companies incessantly cite its dying toll figures.
Hamas gunmen killed 1,200 Israelis and took round 250 hostages again to Gaza in an Oct. 7 attack that induced the warfare.
(Reporting by means of Jasper Ward and Leah Douglas; Modifying by means of Paul Simao)