Hamas issues video showing Israeli-American hostage

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The militant movement Hamas published a video on Wednesday apparently showing Hersh Goldberg-Polin, an Israeli-American seized during the October 7 attack on Israel and taken hostage in Gaza, alive.

The short video, which is undated, showed the 23-year-old missing his lower arm, which was blown off during the Hamas-led attack in October, but otherwise apparently healthy.

His mother Rachel Goldberg-Polin has been campaigning actively for the release of her son, who was abducted at the Nova music festival that was attacked by Hamas gunmen early on October 7 and is one of 133 Israeli hostages still in captivity after more than 100 were released last year.

Around 250 Israelis and foreigners were taken hostage by the gunmen, who killed some 1 200 people, according to Israeli tallies, in the deadliest attack in Israel’s history.

In response, Israel launched an assault on Gaza, pledging to destroy Hamas and bring the hostages home.

The assault has so far killed more than 34 000 Palestinians, according to Gaza health authorities.