Israeli citizens and foreigners remain hostages to Hamas and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations in Gaza. It is believed that there are just over 120 hostages still in Gaza.
Eleven of the hostages are foreigners and the rest are Israeli, according to Israeli officials. Those waiting to be freed range in age from 10-month-old baby Kfir Bibas, who Hamas claims is dead but has produced no evidence to confirm, to men in their 80s.
Hamas and Israel agreed to a temporary cease-fire, brokered by Qatar, the U.S., and Egypt, that went into effect on Nov. 24. The original cease-fire was slated to last four days, and Hamas agreed to release 50 hostages in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.
On what was supposed to be the last day of the cease-fire, Israel and Hamas agreed to extend the pause in fighting for another two days. Israel agreed to release 30 Palestinian prisoners for every 10 hostages Hamas freed. Foreign workers, mainly from Thailand, were released in a separate deal.
The extended cease-fire ended early Friday morning, and fighting has resumed.
“We will continue this war until we achieve the three goals—to release all our abductees, to eliminate Hamas completely, and to ensure that Gaza will never again face such a threat,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday.
The hostages still in Gaza are held by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and likely other small terrorist organizations. Some of the Israelis originally thought to be hostages have since been found to have been murdered, either on Oct. 7 or while in captivity in Gaza.
Below are names and pictures of the men, women, and children who are believed to still be alive and held hostage in Gaza.
*Please note that information on the hostages is developing rapidly. This report will be modified as information is confirmed regarding the status of each hostage. Find a list of the released hostages here.
Israeli officials confirmed on Jan. 5 that Tamir Adar, previously believed to have been taken hostage, was killed during the Oct. 7 terrorist attack.
Gadi Haggai and Judi Lynne Weistein
Israeli officials have reported the death of Gadi Haggai and Judi Lynne Weistein on Oct. 7. They were originally believed to have been taken hostage, but it was later reported that they were killed during Hamas’ attack and their bodies were taken back to Gaza.
The Israel Defense Force said on Dec. 15 that its soldiers mistook Shamriz as a threat. They fired toward the hostage during combat in Gaza and killed him. His body was later identified.
The Israel Defense Force said on Dec. 15 that its soldiers mistook Haim as a threat. They fired toward the hostage during combat in Gaza and killed him. His body was later identified.
Samer Fouad Al-Talalka
The Israel Defense Force said on Dec. 15 that its soldiers mistook Al-Talalka as a threat. They fired toward the hostage during combat in Gaza and killed him. His body was later identified.
Toledano’s body was found in Gaza and brought back to Israel on Dec. 15.
Israeli officials reported Dec. 13 that Tal Haimi was killed while in captivity in Gaza.
It was confirmed on Dec. 9 that Baruch was killed in Hamas captivity.
Hamas claims baby Kfir Bibas was killed in Gaza by an Israeli airstrike. This claim has not been confirmed.
Hamas claims Ariel Bibas was killed in Gaza by an Israeli airstrike. This claim has not been confirmed.
Yarden and Shiri Bibas
Hamas claims mother Shiri Yarden was killed in Gaza by an Israeli airstrike. This claim has not been confirmed.
Keith Samuel Siegel
Luis Norberto Har
Ben Binyamin Cohen
Hersh Goldberg Polin
Omer Shem Tov
Ohad Ben Ami
Raz Ben-Ami was freed on Nov. 29.
Yair and Eitan Horn
Orión Hernández Radoux
Ilana Gritzewtzki was freed on Nov. 30.
Eitan Avraham Mor
Ruth Hodaya Perez Cohen
Ruth Munder was freed on Nov. 24.
Gal Gilboa Dalal
Ziv and Gali Berman
Yosef Chaim Ohana
Joshua Loitu Mollel
Yonathan Mordechai Samerano
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