Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Brig. Gen. (res.) Gal Hirsch as the coordinator for the captured and missing, and on Monday, he sent a message to Israelis promising to do everything in his power to bring their loved ones back to them.
Hirsch stated in a video message that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed me to the position in charge of the issue of abductees and missing persons yesterday.”
According to him, his team is working quickly to develop an “effective array” that would address the worries of families.
“During these hours, we are engaged in the formation of a complete situational picture,” he said.
“We lost the best of our sons and daughters—civilians, soldiers, and employees of the security forces,” he stated.
We have a lot of victims. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I support your initiative to bring back all the abducted and missing Israeli citizens, Hirsch stated. An Israeli senior official confirmed to JNS that Jerusalem is not involved in any form of negotiation connected to the release of the Israeli captives.
Earlier on Monday, claims surfaced that Israel was negotiating for the release of Hamas-held hostages via Qatar.
According to Reuters, Qatari mediators have been attempting to arrange Israel’s release of 36 Palestinian women and minors who were being held as security prisoners in exchange for the release of Israeli women and children.
The talks, which have been going on between Qatar and the US since Saturday night, are “moving positively,” the source told the media site. During the terrorist attack on Saturday, more than 100 Israeli citizens were kidnapped by Hamas militants and taken to the Gaza Strip.
according to Israel’s government press office. Online videos revealed Hamas terrorists transporting many Israelis, including women, children, and the elderly, into Gaza.
According to a parent who spoke with Channel 12 about his two missing daughters, ages 3 and 5, he fears they have been abducted. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has ordered a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip, and the IDF is presently carrying out massive airstrikes on a number of vital Hamas targets.
The army announced on Monday that Israeli soldiers had taken back control of all the localities close to the Gaza Strip. Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, an IDF spokesman, issued a warning that there are still terrorists in the region.
In the early hours of Monday, gunfire was exchanged at the kibbutzims of Be’eri, Holit, Kfar Aza, Nir Oz, Nirim, and Alumim, as well as at the Gavim Junction close to Sderot. Numerous sirens have also sounded in areas near the Gaza Strip, Ashkelon, and central Israel to alert residents of potential rocket attacks from the Hamas-run territory.
According to Hagari, the military has called up over 300,000 reserve personnel.