Against the backdrop of negotiations taking place under Qatari and Egyptian mediation, Hamas publishes a new video of Israeli prisoners it holds

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) released a video on Saturday showing two Israeli hostages it kidnapped during its October 7 attack in southern Israel and transported to Gaza.

The two hostages, who were photographed sitting on a plastic chair in front of an off-white wall and likely speaking under duress, introduce themselves as Keith Siegel, 64, and Omri Miran, 47. The Hostage Families Forum confirmed their identity.

The Palestinian Islamic Movement had already published a video on Wednesday showing another Israeli hostage, Hersh Goldberg Poulin (23 years old), filmed in the same circumstances.

This new video is undated, but Omri Miran, 47, indicates that he has been in Hamas hands for 202 days. His 202nd day in captivity is Thursday.

This comes against the backdrop of negotiations taking place under Qatari and Egyptian mediation with the aim of reaching a truce in the fighting in the Gaza Strip, accompanied by the release of a certain number of hostages.

On October 7, Hamas fighters carried out an unprecedented attack in southern Israel, killing 1,170 people, according to an Agence France-Presse report based on official Israeli data.

They also kidnapped about 250 people. Among them, according to Israel, 129 people are still in the Gaza Strip, of whom 34 are considered dead by the Israeli army.

The massive military operation carried out by Israel in response to the Gaza Strip led to the killing of 34,388 people, most of them civilians, according to Hamas.

In the video, Omri Miran describes the “difficult situation” due to the “numerous bombings” carried out by Israel on the Gaza Strip. He calls on his family to put pressure on the government to reach an agreement with Hamas that would allow the hostages to be released.

He says he hopes to be reunited with his family on Israel’s Independence Day on May 14.

Keith Siegel (64 years old) refers to the Passover celebrations – the Jewish Passover, which ends this year’s week of celebrations on Monday evening – that he spent with his family last year and says, “Hope for the most beautiful surprise possible,” before he bursts into tears and hides his face.

“We are in danger here, there are bombs, it is exhausting and scary,” he said, before calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the government to negotiate in order to quickly reach an agreement that would allow the hostages to be released.

The hostages’ comments are interspersed with messages from Hamas written in Hebrew and Arabic and addressed to Israeli citizens, such as “Military pressure did not allow you to release your captive sons,” “Your leaders (…) did not do what they should have done.” “Do something about the fate of your captive children and how they feel” or “Do the right thing before it is too late.”

“This evidence on the lives of Keith Siegel and Omri Miran clearly shows that the Israeli government must do everything in its power to reach an agreement to return all hostages before Independence Day,” says the Israeli Hostage Families Forum.

Palestinian armed groups have already released other videos of hostages since the beginning of the war.

Hostages who spoke in previous videos testified about similar detention conditions and were also interrogated by Israeli authorities.

From: Fez News website

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