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Not less than 4 civilians have been killed whereas within the custody of Hamas, simply toes from the place armed militants had been escorting them close to the Gaza border, movies obtained and geolocated by CNN present.
One video from the kibbutz of Be’eri in southern Israel confirmed armed fighters with burned vehicles and a bulldozer within the background. Towards the top of the video, which was launched on a Hamas-affiliated Telegram channel, 4 our bodies may be seen on the bottom.
One other video beforehand geolocated by CNN confirmed 5 Israeli civilians taken captive by armed militants in practically the identical spot.
A CNN evaluation of the movies decided that the our bodies, and the people being escorted by closely armed militants, had matching garments and hairstyles.
It’s not clear what occurred to the fifth hostage.
Be’eri lies simply three miles from the japanese border of Gaza.
Alongside different cities and settlements near Gaza equivalent to Ofakim, Sderot, Yad Mordechai, Kfar Aza, Yated and Kissufim, it was among the many first to be focused by Hamas fighters as they launched Saturday morning’s unprecedented and punctiliously coordinated killing and hostage-taking spree.
As many as 1,000 Hamas fighters breached the border from Gaza, in line with Israeli authorities, in an assault that has killed greater than 700 Israelis, prompting retaliatory Israeli airstrikes and a proper declaration of warfare on Sunday.
Greater than 400 Palestinians have been killed, together with 78 kids, in line with the well being ministry in Gaza, and medical care has been sophisticated by Israel slicing energy to the territory.
Hamas militants have taken greater than 100 Israelis hostage, together with high-ranking military officers, a spokesperson for the group claimed Sunday. It’s believed they’re in Gaza however their destiny is unknown.
One other Palestinian armed group, Islamic Jihad, on Sunday mentioned it’s holding no less than 30 hostages in Gaza. CNN is unable to confirm the claims.
Israel authorities have mentioned that dozens of Israelis are being held hostage in Gaza however haven’t confirmed precise numbers. Along with Israeli captives, a number of different nationalities are believed to have been taken hostage.