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Shin Bet Believes Only 40 Hamas Hostages Still Alive, Report Says

Intelligence from Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency suggests that only 40 out of the 133 hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip are still alive, British media reported on Sunday, April 21.

“[Intelligence] is much easier to access than before October 7 when we had limited access to Gaza and we didn’t have a lot of possibilities of sources. The situation is completely different because we are there,” an unnamed source told the British news outlet.

The Shin Bet denied the report, calling it “incorrect” and saying that it “does not reflect the views of the Shin Bet.” “The numbers presented in the report are solely the author’s opinion and are not based on information provided by the Shin Bet,” the agency said in a statement.

The terror group is currently demanding a six-week truce in exchange for the release of less than 20 hostages, according to its response handed to mediators last week, which coincided with the beginning of the unprecedented Iranian attack on Israel.

Ministers Benny Gantz and Gadi Eizenkot have called for a War Cabinet meeting to explore additional solutions for the hostage deal deadlock. A senior official conceded that while hostage talks have made little progress lately, Israel is expecting Washington to pressure the Qatari mediators, and is exploring different avenues to break the current impasse. (YNet / VFI News)

Our Heavenly Father, we pray for all the hostages that are currently being held by Hamas. We pray for their physical and mental health, as well as for their families and loved ones. We thank You for the protection You have already granted us against the multitude of attacks Israel has faced during the last months, and we ask that You bring an end to the hostilities and assist with the release of all the hostages in Yeshua’s name.”