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  • Updated: June 24, 2024

Israeli military confirms death of soldier held hostage by Hamas

Israeli military confirms death of soldier held hostage by H

The Israeli military has confirmed the death of a soldier who was held hostage by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip for nearly nine months, following Hamas’s attack on October 7. 

In a statement on Monday, the military announced that Sergeant Major Mohammad Alatrash, a member of the Israeli military’s Bedouin Trackers Unit, was killed during the October attack.

His body was subsequently taken captive by Hamas militants.

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum also confirmed that Alatrash was killed during the assault on southern Israel and that his remains were held by Hamas since then.

Previously, Israeli authorities had verified that Alatrash was taken hostage on October 7, but the confirmation of his death provides closure on his status after months of uncertainty.

Alatrash, 39, is survived by two wives and 13 children, the forum said in a statement.

“The Families Forum will continue to support and stand by the family during this difficult time and until his remains are returned to Israel,” it said.

Alatrash’s death raises the toll from Hamas’s attack to 1,195, most of them civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.

Palestinian militants also took 251 people hostage in the attack, 116 of whom remain captive in the Gaza Strip, according to Israel. Of those, the military says 42 are dead, including at least nine soldiers.

Israel’s retaliatory invasion and bombardment of the Gaza Strip has resulted in the deaths of at least 37,626 people, also mostly civilians, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory.

AFP

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