Israel’s Forum of Families of Hostages and Missing Persons said 31 of the 136 Hamas abductees still in Gaza are dead

People are reflected on a poster hanging on the window of a restaurant which calls for the release of the hostages kidnapped in the deadly October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2, 2024. REUTERS/ Susana Vera (SUSANA VERA/)

He Forum of Families of Hostages and Missing Persons in Israel said this Tuesday that 31 of the 136 kidnapped by Hamas still in Gaza are deadafter The New York Times stated that the deceased were 32.

“According to the official data we have, there are 31 victims. Before the article (from The New York Times) was published, liaison officers transmitted an official message to all the families of those kidnapped that there is no change in the assessment of the situation,” the Forum stated. .

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had previously confirmed the death of 29 of the 132 hostages who were still in Gaza after being kidnapped on October 7 during the Hamas terrorist attacks. In total, they were 253 the kidnapped people.

The terrorist organization released 105 hostages at the end of November in a temporary truce agreement. In addition to the remaining 132 hostages, Hamas is holding four others: bodies of two IDF soldiers fallen since 2014, as well as two Israeli civilianswho are believed to be alive after entering the Strip of their own free will in 2014 and 2015, respectively, according to information from The Times of Israel.