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Hamas still holds 137 hostages in Gaza - Israel

Hamas still holds 137 hostages in Gaza - Israel Illustrative photo (Getty Images)

Israel's government spokesperson, Eylon Levi, has announced that Hamas continues to detain 137 hostages in the Gaza Strip, even after 110 have already been released, writes The Times of Israel.

Among those still in captivity after the ceasefire, there are 115 men, 20 women, and two children, with ten hostages aged 75 and older.

He added that the majority of the hostages, 126 individuals, are Israelis, while 11 are foreign citizens, including eight from Thailand.

According to Levi, seven people are still considered missing since the initial Hamas attack on October 7.

Release of hostages by Hamas

Last week, Israel signed an agreement with Hamas for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages. The first group of hostages was released on November 24 and transported to Israeli hospitals.

The next day, Hamas freed another group of 17 individuals, handing them over to the Red Cross. On November 26, the Red Cross received a third group of 17 people released from Hamas captivity.

Additionally, Hamas released three underage French hostages.

For more details on the agreements between Israel and Hamas and the ongoing conflict, refer to RBC-Ukraine's coverage.

On December 1, Israel resumed military operations in the Gaza Strip, alleging that Hamas had violated the terms of the ceasefire.