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Israeli minister says there is no evidence that people held hostage by Hamas are alive. Gaza death toll rises to 11,320

The Red Cross has not met any hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, who met the organization’s director in Geneva on Tuesday, news agency AFP reported. “To date, none of our hostages have been found by the Red Cross,” Cohen told reporters. “We have no evidence of survival,” he said.

Cohen and Israeli Health Minister Uriel Menachem Busso met with Mirjana Spoljarić, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on October 7 to address the conflict that erupted following Hamas attacks.

“We asked for information … about the whereabouts of the hostages,” Buso said, “any information they could give us about injured people, children, evidence of survival.”

The total number of deaths in the fighting between Israeli troops and militants in the Palestinian territory has reached 11,320, according to the Hamas leadership in Gaza, news agency AFP reports. According to the government, the dead include 4,650 children and 3,145 women. Authorities have struggled to establish an accurate death toll amid fierce urban fighting in northern Gaza.

Family members of several people held captive by Hamas in Gaza were also present at the discussion, as well as at the subsequent news conference at the United Nations. They displayed photographs of their lost loved ones and played audio and video recordings of many of the people at the time of their abduction.

“We are here to scream for them, and we need to bring them to justice,” Ofri Bibas Levy said, holding up a photo of his nephew Kfir Bibas, the youngest of the detainees, who was nine months old when He was kidnapped. His parents and four-year-old brother.

“We need to bring them home as soon as possible,” he told reporters.

Qatar, the United States, and Egypt have all been involved in efforts to free the hostages. Following Qatar’s mediation, Hamas released four women, while Israeli forces released one detained soldier.

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