ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 145

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IDF says hostages in Gaza include around 30 children, 10-20 elderly people

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

People walk near posters featuring Israelis being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, outside the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, October 18, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
People walk near posters featuring Israelis being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, outside the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, October 18, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

According to fresh data from the Israel Defense Forces, among the 203 hostages that the military believes with high confidence are being held by terrorists in the Gaza Strip, some 30 are children and youths, and another 10-20 are elderly.

Additionally, there are 100-200 more missing people whose fates are currently unknown, according to the data.

The army believes the majority of the hostages held in Gaza are alive, though several bodies were taken by Hamas terrorists.

The IDF says it is still finding bodies in the Gaza border area, as troops have conducted limited raids into the Hamas-run territory.

Most of those bodies recovered in the border area belong to terrorists, but some slain victims have been found.

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