ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 138

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Large crowds gather in Tel Aviv for rally to be addressed by several freed hostages

Relatives and friends of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas terrorist group call for their release, in Hostages Square at the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, Saturday Dec. 2, 2023. (AP/Ariel Schalit))
Relatives and friends of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas terrorist group call for their release, in Hostages Square at the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, Saturday Dec. 2, 2023. (AP/Ariel Schalit))

Large crowds of people are gathering in Hostages Square in Tel Aviv for a rally calling for the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

Several of the hostages freed during the week-long truce that collapsed on Friday are set to speak in person, and others are to address the crowd via video.

Relatives of some of those still being held in Gaza are also to speak.

Channel 12 estimates that tens of thousands of people are present.

Representatives of the families have been pleading with decision-makers to do everything they can to facilitate the release of the rest of the hostages.

In the wake of the collapse of the truce, which Hamas breached by refusing to free remaining women and children, the families have sought to meet tonight with members of the war cabinet.

Channel 12 reports that Minister Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot — a member and an observer in the war cabinet, respectively — have agreed to meet them, but that there’s been no response yet from Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Gallant.

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