National Security Adviser discusses challenges in determining the status of hostages taken by Hamas on October 7
Written By Shafeek Ahmad, Published On 12-November-2023, 11:12 AM EST.
In a recent statement, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitted that both the United States and Israel are facing uncertainties regarding the current status of hostages taken by Hamas terrorists on October 7. The exact number of hostages still alive remains unknown, adding a layer of complexity to the ongoing efforts to secure the release of individuals held by the militant group.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Sullivan emphasized the U.S.’s dedication to securing the release of nine American citizens and one U.S. green card-holder believed to be in Hamas custody. However, he highlighted the challenge in determining the precise number of hostages still alive, noting that Israel classifies all 239 missing individuals as hostages, but their current status remains uncertain.
Israeli Operations and Response
Israel has conducted extensive airstrikes and artillery shelling in northern Gaza since the October 7 incident. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground operation has now extended into Gaza City, the largest population center in the region. Israeli officials suggest that many of the hostages may be held in the labyrinth of tunnels maintained by Hamas beneath the city.
Hamas Claims and U.S. Response
Addressing claims by Hamas that Israeli airstrikes have resulted in the deaths of hostages, Sullivan cautioned against accepting such claims at face value. He stated that the U.S. currently lacks the means to confirm or disprove these assertions.
International Concern and Diplomatic Efforts
With the situation evolving, Sullivan announced plans to meet with the family members of the missing Americans later this week. The international community closely watches as diplomatic efforts continue amid the escalating tensions between Israel and Hamas.
The uncertainty surrounding the fate of hostages taken by Hamas on October 7 adds complexity to the ongoing conflict. As diplomatic efforts persist, the U.S. and Israel grapple with the challenge of ascertaining the well-being of those held by the militant group.
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