ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 138

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Gallant lights Hanukkah candles with families of hostages

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant lights Hanukkah candles in Tel Aviv with family members of hostages, December 10, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant lights Hanukkah candles in Tel Aviv with family members of hostages, December 10, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant lights Hanukkah candles with the families of hostages held in Gaza at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv.

“I told the families after our very moving conversation that I hope the lights of Hanukkah will light up the coming days and we will get to see all of the children and parents and women and grandfathers and grandmothers coming home,” Gallant says in a statement.

“We are with you in this difficult and extremely tense time, giving you strength and working as determinedly as possible to try and bring them home soon, and alive — everyone,” he adds.

It has been 65 days since Hamas took around 240 hostages from Israel to Gaza; around 140 are believed to still be there, including about 20 bodies.

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