Hamas releases video of Israeli captive in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas released a video on Monday that the Palestinian armed group said showed an Israeli citizen being held captive in the Gaza Strip, footage whose authenticity has not been confirmed by Israel and which would be the first of this man since the beginning of his captivity in 2014.

Undated, the video shows a man presented by Hamas as Avera Mengistu. The man, seated in front of a white wall, speaks for about ten seconds, asking for help from Israel.

The approach of Hamas seems intended to obtain from the Jewish state an exchange of prisoners.

Israel has not confirmed the identity of the captive. Reuters could not immediately reach Avera Mengistu’s family for comment.

In response to the release of the video, relayed by the Israeli press, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Hebrew state “is investing all its resources and all its efforts to bring home its young captives and missing”. . They did not comment on the authenticity of the Hamas video.

The Ynet news site, quoting Avera Mengistu’s family, said it appears to be him in the footage, the first since he was captured after entering Gaza.

(Report Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ari Rabinovitch; French version Jean Terzian)

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