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Bennett: Distributing footage of sick person is a heinous, desperate act by Hamas

Manal al-Sayed holds up a picture of her son Hisham, who is believed to be held captive in Gaza by the Hamas terrorist group, in 2016. (Yoav Lemmer/AFP)
Manal al-Sayed holds up a picture of her son Hisham, who is believed to be held captive in Gaza by the Hamas terrorist group, in 2016. (Yoav Lemmer/AFP)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett issues his own response to the release of footage by Hamas of who the terror group purports is ailing Israeli captive Hisham al-Sayed.

“Distributing a video of a sick person is a heinous and desperate act,” Bennett says.

“The State of Israel considers Hamas responsible for the health of the captured civilians.”

“In addition, Hamas is holding the bodies of two fallen IDF soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul — also in violation of international law,” he continues.

“Hisham al-Sayed is not a soldier, but a mentally ill Israeli citizen who crossed the border into the Gaza Strip.”

“Hamas is delaying any chance for a prisoner swap. Hamas’s actions are proof that this is a cynical and criminal terrorist organization,” Bennett adds.

“The State of Israel will continue its efforts to return the fallen soldiers and missing persons at all times with responsibility and determination.”

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