People take part in a mass prayer for the release and wellbeing of hostages kidnapped in the deadly October 7 attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas from Gaza, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem March 21, 2024. (Reuters)

Israeli hostage in Gaza dies due to ‘lack of medicine and food’: Hamas

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The armed wing of Hamas said in a statement on Saturday that a 34-year-old Israeli captive had died due to “lack of medicine and food.”

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The return of hostages taken in Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel has been a central question in the truce talks between Hamas and Israel.

Palestinian militants seized about 250 Israeli and foreign hostages in the attack, but dozens were released during a week-long truce in November.

Israel believes about 130 remain in Gaza, including 33 who are presumed dead -- eight soldiers and 25 civilians.

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