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Armed Hamas wing releases video of hostage in Gaza



Armed Hamas wing releases video of hostage in Gaza

The text in the video reads: “Time is running out. Your government is lying.”

Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, released a video on Saturday of a man being held hostage by Palestinian officers in Gaza and seen alive in the footage.

The detainee, identified by the Hostages and Missing Families Forum campaign group as Nadav Popplewell, is seen speaking in the 11-second clip, which includes text in Arabic and Hebrew reading: “Time is running out. Your government is lying .” .

In the video, the hostage, who is also a British national, has a black eye and is being forcibly spoken to.

He showed no other visible signs of injury.

He wears a white T-shirt and introduces himself as 51-year-old Popplewell, from Kibbutz Nirim in southern Israel.

Popplewell was kidnapped from his home during the Hamas attack on October 7, along with his mother, Hanna Peri, who was released in November during a weeklong ceasefire – the only break so far in more than seven months of war.

Popplewell’s older brother was killed in the attack.

The video posted on the Telegram channel on Saturday from Hamas’s armed wing marked the third time in less than a month that the group has released images of prisoners held in Gaza.

On April 27, Hamas released a video showing two live hostages: Keith Siegel and Omri Miran.

Three days earlier, it broadcast another video showing hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin alive.

The videos come amid growing domestic pressure on the Israeli government to secure the release of the remaining hostages.

“Every sign of life received from the hostages held by Hamas is another cry for help to the Israeli government and its leaders,” the families group said in its statement on Saturday.

‘We don’t have a moment anymore! You should strive to pass a deal that brings them all back today.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government are under immense pressure to reach a deal with Hamas, but the two warring sides have so far failed despite repeated rounds of indirect negotiations.

About 250 people were abducted to the Gaza Strip on October 7 when Hamas operatives attacked southern Israel.

Israeli officials say 128 of them remain held captive in Palestinian territory, including 36 dead.

The attack resulted in the deaths of more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli figures.

At least 34,971 people, most of them women and children, have been killed in Israel’s military retaliatory campaign in Gaza so far, according to the Health Ministry of the Hamas-held territory.

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