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According to the Red Crescent, Israeli troops used aid trucks to free hostages

Four hostages held in Gaza were released on Saturday during the military operation in the Nuseirat refugee camp.

Jerusalem:

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said on Monday that Israeli troops used an aid truck to enter the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza during the rescue of four Israeli hostages over the weekend.

The local Palestinian branch of the Red Cross said in a statement that it had “warned of the danger that the occupation forces could use such a vehicle to enter the camp on Saturday.”

“The occupation forces have deceived the people by disguising themselves under the guise of providing assistance that the civilian population urgently needs in the face of their severe food shortages,” the statement said.

“This endangers the safety of the emergency teams.”

Such a precedent raises the possibility that humanitarian workers will be viewed with suspicion in the future, Nebal Farsakh, a PRCS spokesman, told AFP.

Asked about the Red Crescent’s statement on Monday, the Israeli army referred AFP to a tweet from June 8 in which its spokesman Avichay Adraee dismissed as “lies” the claims that the army had entered Nuseirat in aid trucks.

During the military operation in the Nuseirat refugee camp, four hostages held in Gaza since October 7 were released on Saturday.

Almog Meir Jan, 22, Noa Argamani, 26, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 41, were kidnapped at the Nova Festival on October 7.

The Health Ministry of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip said at least 274 Palestinians were killed and 698 injured in the military operation in the Nuseirat camp on Saturday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, said in a statement on Monday that the influx of victims from the rescue operation had “far exceeded the limited capacity of hospitals” in the region.

In the past, Israeli forces have also disguised themselves as civilian aid workers to achieve their goals.

In January, undercover agents, some disguised as medics, shot dead three Palestinian militants at Ibn Sina Hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. The army said they belonged to a “Hamas terror cell.”

The war in the Gaza Strip broke out after Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, which killed 1,194 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP news agency count based on official Israeli figures.

During the attack, the militants also kidnapped 251 hostages.

More than 100 of them were released during a ceasefire in November, and after Saturday’s rescue mission, 116 hostages remain in Gaza, although the army says 41 of them are dead.

According to the Health Ministry of the Hamas-controlled area, at least 37,124 people, again mostly civilians, were killed in Israel’s retaliatory offensive in Gaza.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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