Protesters hold placards and portraits of Israeli hostages, Alon Shamriz and Doron Steinbrecher, held by Palestinian militants since the October 7 attack, during a demonstration calling for their release in Tel Aviv on October 26, 2023. Image Credit: AFP

Gaza: A Hamas spokesperson said on Thursday that the estimated number of captives killed in Gaza due to Israeli strikes is around 50.

Earlier, the Israeli military said that the number of people confirmed held hostage in the Gaza Strip since the October 7 cross-border raids by Hamas had reached 224, and could rise further.

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In Washington, the White House said US President Joe Biden and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed “ongoing efforts to locate and secure the release” of Americans believed held hostage in Gaza.

Biden also stressed to Netanyahu the “importance of focusing on what comes after this crisis to include a pathway for a permanent peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” the White House said.