Israel has carried out airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip

New Delhi:

The Israeli military has called on Gazans to provide actionable information about locations where Hamas is holding Israeli hostages.

In a post on X, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) offered money for providing accurate information that could lead to the rescue of the hostages.

The IDF also promised protection and confidentiality for those who provide information about the hostages’ whereabouts.

About 220 hostages are still held captive by Hamas.

“If you want to live in peace and have a better future for your children, immediately do the humanitarian act of sharing verified and valuable information about hostages held in your area,” the IDF said.

“The Israeli military assures you that it will make maximum efforts to ensure the safety of you and your home, and you will receive a financial reward. We guarantee you absolute confidentiality,” it said.

“The contact details are: Secure phone call: 8619 WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal: +972503957992,” the IDF said in the post on X, which also contains the same message in Arabic.

Israel continues to attack Hamas targets in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places in the world. She accuses Hamas of keeping civilians near rocket launch sites in order to use them as human shields.

Two elderly Hamas hostages were flown to an Israeli hospital today to be reunited with their family, as the US demanded Hamas release more than 200 more prisoners before considering talks on a ceasefire in Gaza.

According to Israeli officials, Hamas stormed into Israel from Gaza on October 7, killing at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians who were shot or burned on the first day of the attack.

According to the latest count by Israeli authorities, Hamas also took 222 people hostage, including the elderly and small children. The hostages include dozens of dual nationals and foreigners.

More than 5,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed across the Gaza Strip in Israeli retaliatory attacks, according to the latest death toll from the Hamas Health Ministry in Gaza.

Nurit Cooper, 79, and Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, and their octogenarian husbands were among the hostages seized on October 7. Hamas released Ms. Cooper and Ms. Lifshitz on Monday for “compelling humanitarian” reasons after mediation by Qatar and Egypt.

Their release comes days after the release of a US mother and daughter.

With contributions from AFP

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