GAZA: Another journalist was killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of brutal Israeli attacks, the government media office said, bringing the total number of media persons killed since October 7 to 100.
The government media office said that the number of journalists killed has climbed to 100, men and women, since the start of the brutal war on Gaza, following the killing of journalist Mohammed Abu Hweidy in an Israeli attack in the Shuja’iya neighborhood.
Since October Israel has pounded Gaza, killing more than 20,258 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injuring over 53,000, health authorities said.
100 Journalists Killed in Gaza
Meanwhile, Hamas said it has lost contact with a group responsible for around 5 Israeli captives being held in the Gaza Strip due to Israeli brutal bombardment, western media reported on Saturday.
Hamas believes the captives were killed during an Israeli attack, Abu Ubaida, the spokesperson for the Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, was quoted as saying in a statement on the social media channel.
Hamas released over 100 captives as part of a week-long truce deal at the end of November that included the release of 240 Palestinian woman and children from Israeli prisons. Families of the captives held a new protest on Saturday, demanding that Israel must consider releasing senior Palestinian leaders from prison in any new swap agreement.
Similarly, the Israeli army on Saturday admitted that its five soldiers have been killed in war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip since Friday. In a statement, the Israeli army also acknowledged that four military personnel were killed on Friday in the Strip. It maintained that a fifth soldier was killed on Saturday in Gaza, bringing to 144 the number of soldiers killed inside in the Strip since the start of Israel’s brutal ground offensive against the people of Palestine on October 27. The military statement added that around 44 soldiers were wounded in the past 24 hours, ten of whom are in serious condition.