Netanyahu on hostages: ‘I hope there will be good news soon’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with reservists from the Golani brigade on Tuesday and stated he hopes “there will be good news soon” on the hostages taken by Hamas.

“We are making progress. I don’t think it’s worth saying too much, not even at this moment, but I hope there will be good news soon,” Netanyahu stated in a video launched by the federal government’s press workplace.

Hamas gunmen and their allies captured extra 240 hostages throughout their lethal Oct. 7 assault on southern Israel during which in addition they killed about 1,200 folks, most of them civilians.

Senior Hamas officers stated Tuesday that an settlement might be reached quickly during which the militant group would launch hostages and Israel would free Palestinian prisoners.

Israel, the United States and Qatar, which mediates with Hamas, have been negotiating for weeks over a hostage launch that will be paired with a brief cease-fire in Gaza and the entry of extra humanitarian assist.

Similar predictions of a hostage settlement in latest weeks have confirmed untimely.

Netanyahu stated Israel is “currently focusing on a very strong and proactive defense in the north in order to achieve a crushing victory in the south.”

The remarks comes because the devastating IsraelHamas warfare, now in its seventh week, continued.

Israel’s military is widening its operations throughout northern Gaza, the place they battled Palestinian militants on Tuesday within the densely populated Jabaliya refugee camp, the territory’s largest.

The warfare sparked by Hamas’ shock Oct. 7 assault into Israel has exacted a heavy toll on Palestinian civilians, notably those that stay within the north after Israel repeatedly known as on folks to flee south.

More than 12,700 Palestinians — two-thirds of them girls and minors — have been killed because the warfare started, in line with Palestinian well being authorities, who don’t differentiate between civilian and militant deaths.

About 4,000 individuals are reported lacking.

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