Some Hamas hostages have foreign nationality, says Israel

More than half the estimated 220 hostages held by Hamas have foreign passports from 25 different countries, the Israeli government has said. 

It said that among them are:

  • 54 Thai nationals
  • 15 Argentinians
  • 12 Germans
  • 12 Americans
  • Six French
  • Six Russians

Many were believed to have had dual Israeli nationality, however some, like the Thais and five Nepalese hostages, almost certainly did not.

Thailand is one of the largest sources of migrant workers in Israel, with around 30,000 working in the agriculture sector, according to government data.

In providing updated figures, the government also said 328 people from 40 countries were confirmed as dead or missing. 

In all, an estimated 1,400 people were killed in the assault launched by Hamas earlier this month. 

Among other foreign nations that suffered heavy losses were the United States, with 34 killed and five missing, Ukraine, with 25 killed and two missing, France, with 23 killed and one missing, and Russia with 23 killed and four missing.

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