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4 Hostages, Including British Israeli Man, Murdered in Hamas Captivity in Gaza, Israel Says

Four hostages including a British Israeli citizen have been murdered in Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli military.

Nadav Popplewell, 51, who was taken from Kibbutz Nirim, was confirmed dead by Israeli officials on Monday, June 3 — along with Israelis Chaim Peri, 79, Yoram Metsger, 80, and Amiram Cooper, 84, who were taken from Kibbutz Nir Oz, Israeli media reported.

Hamas previously claimed that all four were killed in Israeli airstrikes. The circumstances of their deaths were not immediately clear. Their bodies remain in the Gaza Strip.

“We estimate that the four were killed together, in the Khan Younis area, several months ago, while being held by Hamas terrorists and while IDF forces were operating in Khan Younis,” Israel Defense Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said.

“We are examining the circumstances of death in-depth, looking into all possibilities, and we will present the findings as soon as possible, firstly to the families and then to the public,” he added.

Popplewell was last seen alive in a Hamas propaganda video released in early May, with the short, 10-second clip showing him with a black eye. (NYP / VFI News)

“Lord, we pray for the families of the hostages who died in captivity and we ask that You give them comfort and peace during this devastating period. We send our sincerest condolences to them and we trust that You will provide them with the necessary strength to overcome this immense loss. We pray for the immediate and unconditional release of all remaining hostages in Yeshua’s name, and we hope that this nightmare our nation has been going through will soon come to an end.”

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