Hamas says it is holding Israeli colonel reported killed on Oct. 7

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Hamas said on Thursday it was holding an Israeli colonel captured on Oct. 7, who Israel had previously reported was killed in the attacks that day.

The Hamas armed wing Ezzedine al-Qassem Brigades said Colonel Asaf Hamami had been wounded during his capture. It supplied no proof, and did not specify whether he was still alive now.

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The Israeli military reported months ago that Hamami, 41, a brigade commander, had been killed in the Oct. 7 attacks and his body was being held in Gaza.

Hamas has taken 252 people captive during the October attack, but the number of hostages still alive in Gaza remains unknown.

Of the original 252, some of whom were already dead when they were taken back to the Palestinian territory to be used as bargaining chips, 112 have been released alive so far.

Israeli television aired previously withheld footage on Wednesday of five pajama-clad female army conscripts being seized by Hamas gunmen during the raid.

The captives’ families hoped the footage would increase pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree a truce with Hamas and secure the hostages’ release.

With agencies

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