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Israel confirms the death of a hostage held in Gaza

Israel estimates that 129 captives captured by militants during their attack remain in Gaza. The military says 35 of them have died, including Or.

“We are heartbroken to share that Dror Or, who was abducted by Hamas on October 7, has been confirmed killed and his body is being held in Gaza,” the Israeli government said in X.

The two children and their brother Yahli are now orphans, he added.

The Missing Families and Hostages Forum campaign group said it would provide assistance to Or’s family.

The forum and the Israeli government did not say how they learned of Or’s death.

“Only by ensuring the release of all hostages, the living for rehabilitation and the deceased for burial, can the recovery and future of our people be guaranteed,” the forum said in a statement.

“The Israeli government must exhaust all efforts to bring Dror and… the other murdered hostages back for honorable burials in Israel.”

Or’s death was announced as mediators Qatar, the United States and Egypt await Hamas’ response to a new Israeli proposal for a ceasefire and hostage release.

In late November, during a week-long truce, 105 hostages were freed, including 80 Israelis and people from other countries, in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinians held by Israel.

The war began with the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, which killed 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of official Israeli figures.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive against Hamas has killed at least 34,596 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run territory’s Health Ministry.