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‘Every second counts’: Families of Gaza hostages call for another deal to bring their loved ones home

While Israel restarts its bombing of the besieged territory as the truce with Hamas ends, the relatives of those still being held captive can only hope that another ceasefire is agreed and their loved ones will eventually be freed. Tom Bennett reports from Tel Aviv

Friday 01 December 2023 17:56 GMT
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<p>Ranen Carmel, whose wife’s cousin’s son, 22-year-old Omer Wenkert is currently held hostage inside Gaza</p>

Ranen Carmel, whose wife’s cousin’s son, 22-year-old Omer Wenkert is currently held hostage inside Gaza

Black plumes of smoke billowed over Gaza, while air sirens rang out across parts of Israel, signalling the seven-day truce between Israel and Hamas was over.

By early morning, Israeli jets had resumed bombing Gaza, as they had done for weeks in the wake of the Hamas attack inside Israel on 7 October that killed 1,200 people and saw around 240 others taken hostage. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government "is committed to achieving the goals of the war: releasing the hostages [and] eliminating Hamas."

Health officials in Hamas-run Gaza said that more than 100 people were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Friday, adding to a total the territory's health ministry says sits at more than 14,000 people. Israel’s military announced that it was dividing the entirety of Gaza into dozens of numbered blocks as a prelude, it said, to demanding targeted local evacuations in the crowded south of the strip before planned bombing. Leaflets were dropped over Gaza relaying this.

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