Israel Gaza: IDF-shot hostages post ‘SOS’ sign with leftover food

Israel Gaza IDF-shot hostages post 'SOS' sign with leftover food

Israel Gaza: IDF-shot hostages post ‘SOS’ sign with leftover food

Israel asserts that three Israeli hostages inadvertently slain by soldiers in Gaza on Friday had written pleas for assistance on signs made from leftover food. The males had, according to the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), resided “for a certain duration” in the structure adjacent to the location where they were shooting.

The Gaza health ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, reports that at least ninety people were slain in Israeli airstrikes in the Jabalia refugee camp on Sunday. A residential block harbouring two families was damaged by the strikes, according to the ministry. It is estimated that around 120 hostages remain captive in the Gaza Strip at the hands of Hamas and allied Palestinian organisations.

Israel is experiencing mounting pressure to reach an agreement that will release additional hostages. It has been acknowledged by Israeli authorities that the assassination of the three individuals carrying a white flag violated “rules of engagement.”

They were apprehended and transported to Gaza amidst the Hamas assaults on southern Israel on October 7, which claimed the lives of approximately 1,200 individuals. Israel has purportedly initiated a massive retaliatory operation with the objective of obliterating Hamas.

Since then, local health authorities estimate that over 18,000 people have been slain in Gaza, and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced from their homes.

Yotam Haim, 28, Samer Talalka, 22, and Alon Shamriz, 26, who were Israeli detainees, were executed on Friday in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, where Israeli forces encountered stiff resistance. An Israeli military official, who requested anonymity, stated that the men emerged shirtless from a structure, one of whom was wielding a stick adorned with a white cloth.

The official further stated that one of the soldiers, sensing the men’s proximity of tens of metres, deemed them “terrorists” and retaliated with gunfire. Two were slain instantly, and the injured third returned to the structure.

In response to a Hebrew cry for assistance, the battalion commander issued an order for the soldiers to cease fire. The wounded hostage later reappeared, whereupon he was fatally shot, according to the official. It is unclear whether the perpetrators had abandoned or escaped the hostages.

The IDF announced on Sunday that an examination of the structure had uncovered the fabric bearing the inscriptions “SOS” and “Help, three hostages.” Authorities suspect that the detainees had been detained there for a considerable duration.

Following the termination of a provisional ceasefire between Hamas and Israel earlier this month, bereaved families have urged the Israeli government to negotiate a new armistice that would release at least a portion of the captives. The initial agreement resulted in the exchange of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails for the liberation of over a hundred hostages.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, has refuted the demands, maintaining that “military pressure is essential for victory and the safe return of the captives.”

Germany and the United Kingdom have also called for a “sustainable armistice,” although they have refrained from stating that it must be immediate. As the combat continued without respite, the IDF released images of what it claimed to be Hamas’s most expansive attack tunnel to date. The IDF stated that the tunnel, which was at times wide enough to accommodate automobiles, was approximately 400 metres from the Israeli border crossing at Erez.