Are they a part of the roughly 150 hostages held in Gaza? Fourteen French nationals, together with a minor, have been lacking because the Hamas assault on Israel, the French Ministry of Overseas Affairs introduced Monday night, October 9, in a press launch, describing their state of affairs as “very worrying”. The Quai d’Orsay additionally introduced the demise of two French individuals.
“Right now, we deplore the demise of two compatriots and don’t have any information of fourteen others whose state of affairs is taken into account very worrying”affirmed the ministry, specifying that “this quantity continues to be topic to alter”.
“The knowledge we’ve got permits us to think about the kidnapping of a few of them, together with a minor youngster of 12 years outdated, as very probably.”added the Quai d’Orsay.
In response to “le Parisien”, the lacking youngster is called Eitan and lives within the kibbutz of Nir Oz, positioned within the south of Israel. In response to his household, who posted a message on Fb, he was kidnapped on Saturday by Hamas terrorists touring on bikes. In response to the kid’s aunt, his father can also be lacking.
French individuals most likely hostages of Hamas
In a separate assertion, a French MP mentioned Monday that“at the very least eight French individuals are both lacking or useless or taken hostage by Hamas”.
This deputy for French individuals overseas, Meyer Habib (proper), whose constituency consists of Israel, had indicated earlier that among the many lacking French individuals, Avidan T., 26, a younger Frenchman from Bordeaux and residing in Israel, can be held hostage by the Palestinian Islamist motion.
“I’ve simply spoken at size along with his father, a physician: he has simply confirmed to me, as we feared, that Avidan […] is certainly taken hostage by Hamas”wrote the parliamentarian in a message printed on the social community X (previously Twitter).
On Sunday, Meyer Habib indicated that Avidan had “most likely kidnapped in southern Israel by Hamas” whereas he participated in a rave celebration close to the border with the Gaza Strip, focused by the attackers. As much as 250 individuals attending the music pageant have been killed.
One other lacking French girl, Céline B.-D. N., 32, mom of a six-month-old child, was additionally kidnapped whereas she was on her technique to the Tribe of Nova pageant, studies “le Parisien”. Her husband discovered his automobile riddled with bullets however with little blood, leaving “the hope that Céline is held hostage someplace”instructed the every day Yaëlle Krief, the president of her assist committee.
On Monday, Hamas threatened to kill a hostage with every unannounced Israeli strike on Gaza. “Each time our individuals are focused with out warning, it’s going to end result within the execution of one of many civilian hostages”affirmed the armed wing of the group.
“Almost 62,000 French nationals are registered with the consulate common in Tel Aviv and 25,000 registered with our consulate common in Jerusalem”, indicated the Ministry of Overseas Affairs. Moreover, “many French individuals passing by are at the moment there”.
Excessive vigilance directions
The ministry additionally renews its name “to French individuals at the moment in Israel to respect the intense vigilance directions issued by our groups on the French embassy in Tel Aviv, the consulate common in Jerusalem and by the Israeli authorities”.
Requested by Agence France-Presse (AFP), the French anti-terrorism prosecution, competent in issues of struggle crimes and crimes towards humanity dedicated towards French individuals overseas, indicated on Monday that it was “linked to the Quai d’Orsay”.
The target “is to acquire data on the victims and the circumstances of their demise to resolve whether or not or to not open a number of investigations and to outline the qualification(s) which may very well be given to the info”he clarified.
1000’s of individuals gathered Monday in Paris and a number of other regional cities to indicate their assist for Israel, AFP journalists famous.