The coming Gaza hostage crisis

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Israel - Hamas Conflict


It isn’t clear exactly how many hostages Hamas currently has — estimates range from 30 up to a possible 200, with Israeli officials saying it has 100 to 150. And they aren’t all Israelis — some are foreign nationals or dual nationals, thought to include Americans, Germans, Britons, French, Mexicans, Brazilians, 11 Thai nationals and at least one Nepalese citizen. Their presence is “complicating whatever Israel does next and what form of ground operations it will mount,” said Tobias Borck, a security research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.