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Netanyahu: Red Cross to Visit Hamas Hostages, Provide Medical Assistance

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed during the ongoing Cabinet meeting on the deal to free 50 of the hostages held by the Hamas terrorist organization that the terms of the deal allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the hostages who are not released and to provide them with medical assistance.

This would be the first time the Red Cross has visited Israeli hostages held by the Hamas terrorist organization. The organization never visited IDF soldier Gilad Shalit during the five years he was held captive by Hamas, nor has it visited Israeli civilians Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed who have been held by Hamas in Gaza since 2014 and 2015, respectively.

The Red Cross has been criticized within Israel for its failure to pressure Hamas to abide by international law and to allow the organization to visit its captives. Instead, the Red Cross has largely condemned Israel for its responses to Hamas’ attacks.

“We are at war, and the war will continue until all our goals are achieved,” Netanyahu stated during the aforementioned Cabinet meeting, calling the return of the hostages a “sacred priority.”

“Before us is a difficult decision but the right one,” he said. “We will not rest until everyone is returned. The war has stages and the return of the hostages will have stages.” (INN / VFI News)

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