Hostages’ families to march from Gaza border to Jerusalem

The families of hostages held by terrorists in Gaza are readying to set out on a march from the border community Kibbutz Re’im to Jerusalem, under the banner of “Uniting to free the hostages.”

The march is set to arrive in the capital on Saturday.

Today, the group will first walk to Sderot, where they will hold a solidarity ceremony at the police station at 4:30 p.m.

The Sderot police station was overrun on October 7 by Hamas terrorists, who killed 35 officers and civilians there. After the terrorists barricaded themselves inside the police station and the site became the focus of fierce gun battles with Israeli forces for a number of hours, the order was given to demolish the building.

Many of the officers stationed there were the first responders in the border towns at the start of the October 7 onslaught.

The group will then walk to Kiryat Gat, where they will spend the first night.

On Thursday the group will walk from Kiryat Gat to Beit Guvrin, before continuing on to Beit Shemesh, where a ceremony will be held that evening.

On Friday morning, the group will hold a “stretcher march” in solidarity with the troops held hostage in Gaza, and will take part in a ceremony to honor those soldiers at the Sha’ar Hagai national heritage site.

The marchers will spend the night at Kibbutz Tzora, then head into Jerusalem.

A rally will be held Saturday evening at the city’s Paris Square.

It is believed that 130 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 11 hostages have also been recovered, including three mistakenly killed by the military. The IDF has confirmed the deaths of 31 of those still held by Hamas, citing new 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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