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Protesters return to streets across Israel, demanding hostage release

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reuters

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government do more to secure the release of hostages being held in the Gaza Strip by Islamist group Hamas.

Family members of the hostages, carrying pictures of their loved ones still in captivity, joined the crowds that demonstrated in Tel Aviv.


People attend a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 11th May, 2024. PICTURE: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

One of them was Naama Weinberg, whose cousin Itai Svirsky was abducted during Hamas’ 7th October assault on Israeli towns and, according to Israeli authorities, was killed in captivity. In a speech she referenced a video Hamas made public on Saturday, claiming that another of the Israeli captives had died.

“Soon, even those who managed to survive this long will no longer be among the living. They must be saved now,” Weinberg said.

As the evening progressed, some protesters blocked a main highway in the city before being dispersed by police, who used water cannons to push back the crowd. At least three people were arrested.

Hamas’ 7th October attack sparked the devastating war in Gaza, now raging for nearly seven months.

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