Up to 50 hostages kidnapped by Hamas from Israel on October 7 could be dead, according to an Israeli assessment.
Why it matters
The assessment has significant implications for ongoing negotiations and the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
What the papers say
The Times reports that the estimate of up to 50 deaths was presented by Israel during hostage negotiations in Cairo. The Independent highlights US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's involvement in seeking a hostage release deal. The New York Times and NY Post provide additional details on the assessment and the ongoing negotiations.
How we got here
The hostages were captured by Hamas and its allies during a raid on southern Israel, leading to retaliatory airstrikes and a ground invasion by Israel.
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Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or America, is a country mostly located in central North America, between Canada and Mexico.
The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km border.