Gaza: Israel wants a list of hostages still alive before continuing negotiations with Hamas

Israel sets conditions for continuing negotiations for the release of the hostages.

The Israeli government wants to know in particular how many of these hostages are still alive, before continuing negotiations, while there is increasing talk of a new agreement which would allow the establishment of a truce and the release of hostages.

Their families are continuing a campaign for their release.

People walk past posters showing photos of hostages kidnapped during the deadly October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 2, 2024. © Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

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With our correspondent in Jerusalem,

Michel Paul

Israel says no to continuing any mediation with Hamas until the Palestinian organization provides

a list of hostages held

in Gaza who are still alive.

An Israeli security source, cited by the media in Israel, also emphasizes that Hamas must immediately provide an answer on the number of Palestinian prisoners who will have to be released as part of a new exchange.

At this point, Israel has confirmed that no Israeli delegation will travel to Cairo for the continuation of talks proposed by Egyptian intelligence services.

Israeli officials hope that American pressure on the mediators could ultimately lead Hamas to provide answers to these questions.

In the meantime, these same Israeli sources believe that significant progress has been made.

The objective for a new agreement still remains the start of the holy month of Ramadan, expected on March 10.

Also read: Aid drops in Gaza: “A way of clearing one's conscience and masking a lack of political will”

Hostage families complete march from Gaza Strip to Jerusalem


pressure on the Israeli government continues


The families of the hostages held in Gaza are continuing the campaign to push for their release, meeting on the evening of Saturday March 2, at the end of a four-day march from the Gaza border to the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset), and the official residence of the Israeli Prime Minister.

Families and supporters of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza complete the final leg of a four-day march from the Israel-Gaza border to Jerusalem, to demand the immediate release of all hostages, in Jerusalem, on Saturday March 2, 2024. © Mahmoud Illean / AP


The return of the hostages, now

 ”: this is what their loved ones are always demanding.

In all, 15,000 people participated in this symbolic march.

Yaron believes Israel should have put more pressure on Hamas over humanitarian assistance: " 

It serves someone's specific interests not to work for the release of the hostages

," he said. he, one of the marchers who displays two Israeli flags


I say this with great regret, and I will not give his name because we are on French radio.

But word to the wise, hello!


Shock and demands for elections

Gili was deeply shocked by

the Israeli army's shooting at the Palestinian crowd

searching for flour in Gaza last Thursday.

The tragedy

caused a great stir in world opinion

, with a possible reversal in Western support for Israel. 


I call it carnage

,” says Gili.

I didn't coin the term, but it seems that's what happened.

People came to have bread with a little flour, and they were shot at: why?

Don't we know they're starving?

They are being shot at because the government wants to get rid of them, to clean up the Gaza Strip.


In several Israeli cities, notably Tel Aviv, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to demand new general elections.

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