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According to the Israeli military, four more of the Israeli hostages abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7 have died in captivity.

The men, identified as Chaim Peri, Yoram Metzger, Amiram Cooper, and Nadav Popplewell, were seen alive in videos posted by Hamas, but new intelligence has confirmed their deaths.


Hamas had previously released a propaganda video of Popplewell and has since claimed he died from injuries sustained during an Israeli air strike.

Military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari disclosed that the four hostages likely died together in Khan Younis, a southern Gaza city, months ago while Israeli forces were active in the area. “We estimate the four of them were killed together in the area of (the southern Gaza city) Khan Younis a number of months ago while being held by Hamas terrorists,” Hagari stated. He added that a thorough examination of their deaths is ongoing, with findings to be presented first to their families and then to the public with transparency.

Among the over 250 people taken hostage on Oct. 7, approximately 120 remain in Gaza, many declared dead by Israeli authorities. Chaim Peri was at his home in Kibbutz Nir Oz during the attack and was captured after attempting to protect his wife. Cooper and Metzger, also from Nir Oz, were taken with their wives, who were later released during a brief truce in November. Nadav Popplewell and his mother were abducted from Kibbutz Nirim, where his brother was killed. His mother was freed during the November truce.


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