Christian groups present Herzog with Israeli flag made of names of Oct. 7 hostages

President Isaac Herzog shares a photo of a tribute from international Christian community groups to Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas on October 7

In a post on X, Herzog shares a photo of an Israeli flag made up of the names of the hostages.

“A moving token of support from Christian friends of Israel from all over the world,” he writes, adding, “Together we demand the immediate release of all the hostages.”

It is believed that 121 hostages abducted by Hamas on October 7 remain in Gaza — not all of them alive — after 105 civilians were released from Hamas captivity during a weeklong truce in late November, and four hostages were released prior to that. Three hostages have been rescued by troops alive, and the bodies of 19 hostages have also been recovered, including three mistakenly killed by the military.

The IDF has confirmed the deaths of 37 of those still held by Hamas, citing intelligence and findings obtained by troops operating in Gaza.

One more person is listed as missing since October 7, and their fate is still unknown.

Hamas is also holding the bodies of fallen IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin since 2014, as well as two Israeli civilians, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who are both thought to be alive after entering the Strip of their own accord in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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