The Palestinian militants who raided Israel in the Hamas-led attacks on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people, abducted over 240 civilians and soldiers and brought them back to the Gaza Strip. Israel responded with a military campaign it said was aimed at destroying Hamas and recovering the hostages. Hamas released dozens of the hostages under a weeklong series of temporary cease-fire agreements that ended on Dec. 1.
How many hostages does Hamas have?
Over 240 hostages were taken by Hamas and other attackers on Oct. 7. Israel has adjusted its estimate of the number of hostages held in Gaza as hostages are freed and investigators identify victims of the Hamas attacks and obtain new information.
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