Families of captives in Gaza meet Netanyahu for first time

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TEL AVIV — On Thursday, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) announced that the families of soldiers detained in Gaza would meet for the first time with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The families will reportedly ask Netanyahu about his plans to bring their sons back home, Khaberni reported. اضافة اعلان

Before the meeting, which the Israeli Broadcasting Authority did not specify its location or time, Israeli media quoted the families of the detained soldiers as saying, "We have been frightened by the security agencies and the state. No minister has contacted us, and we have remained silent since the start of the war at the request of the security agencies."

It is worth mentioning that the families of the captives have previously protested several times outside Netanyahu's residence and on the main streets of Tel Aviv, demanding the completion of a prisoner exchange deal, amid accusations against the Israeli Prime Minister of neglecting the issue of the detainees and prolonging the duration of the war to protect his political future.

Last Saturday, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that about 600 people, representing the families of 81 Israeli detainees in Gaza, sent a message to US President Joe Biden expressing their frustration with Netanyahu, whom they said was not doing enough to release their loved ones.

The families of the detainees called on Biden and his administration to intervene to help and guide Netanyahu towards what they termed the ‘right course of action,’ ultimately leading to the return of the captives to their homes.

Notably, Israel and Hamas have not specified the number of Israeli soldiers detained in Gaza. Israel currently holds more than 9,000 Palestinians in its prisons, while it is estimated that around 134 Israeli prisoners are in Gaza. Hamas reported the killing of 70 of them in Israeli airstrikes during the ongoing war on the strip.