ANI Photo | Israel: IDF asks Gaza residents to share verified, valuable information about hostages

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has asked Gaza residents to share verified, valuable information about hostages being held in their area.
“If your will is to live in peace and to have a better future for your children, do the humanitarian deed immediately and share verified and valuable information about hostages being held in your area,” the IDF asked Gaza residents.
“The Israeli military assures you that it will invest maximum effort in providing security for you and your home, and you will receive a financial reward. We guarantee you complete confidentiality,” the IDF wrote on ‘X’.
“The contact details are: Secure phone call: *8619; Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal:+972503957992,” the IDF said.
The IDF on Saturday also said that “Civilians and hospitals in Gaza need fuel to produce electricity. Hamas has that fuel.”
An IDF spokesman wrote: “Hamas continues to make its claims of its inability to supply hospitals, bakeries, and civilians with fuel. They steal diesel from civilians and transfer it to their tunnels, bombers, and commanders.”
Meanwhile, one of the two hostages recently freed by Hamas, Yocheved Lifshitz, has said she “went through hell” after being kidnapped by the terrorist group in the October 7 attack on Israel, CNN reported.
The 85-year-old on Tuesday remembered the moment she was abducted by gunmen on motorbikes after militants broke into her home in the Kibbutz Nir Oz.
Lifshitz said: “It was difficult but we will get through this.”
She made the remarks at the Tel Aviv hospital where she has been recovering since being freed.
Hamas released Lifshitz and her neighbour and friend Nurit Cooper, 79, on Monday, and later they were reunited with family members who rushed to their bedside at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
The release of the two women brings the total number of captives freed to four, but more than 200 hostages are believed to be trapped in Gaza, some within the labyrinth of Hamas tunnels dug beneath the coastal strip.
The remaining hostages include Lifshitz and Cooper’s husbands, Oded Lifshitz, 83, and Amiram Cooper, 85.
Earlier, an EL AL plane that arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on October 24 wasn’t filled with passengers or suitcases. In the absence of passengers, the charter flight, which was delivering medical supplies, placed photos of individual hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza.
Israel Defence Forces Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said on Monday that the military has so far confirmed 222 people kidnapped.
“We all feel so helpless because everyone knows someone in Israel or has a family member fighting in Israel,” said Lizzy Straus of CareOne, a US senior care provider who was among the sponsors of the delivery.
“Knowing that you’re doing everything you can to help them change things. It gives you hope. A lot of hope and love went into everything that’s been happening, and we’re grateful to have been able to partner with some wonderful organisations” she added.

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