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Hamas Leader Yehya Sinwar Assures Safety to Israeli Hostages: An Unexpected Turn in the Israel-Hamas Conflict

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Shivani Chauhan
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Hamas Leader Yehya Sinwar Assures Safety to Israeli Hostages: An Unexpected Turn in the Israel-Hamas Conflict

In a startling revelation, Yehya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas, reportedly met with Israeli hostages in the Gaza tunnels, assuring them of their safety. This interaction, which occurred a day after the hostages were taken, contradicts the Israeli narrative that equates Hamas with ISIS. The report was first released on Twitter by a British Sky News anchor and later confirmed by an Israeli hostage who returned home during a recent ceasefire.

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Hostage Interaction with Hamas Leader

The hostages were taken during a shocking assault by Hamas on Israel on October 7, resulting in a massacre that claimed over 1,200 lives. Amidst this turmoil, Sinwar, displaying near-accentless Hebrew, sought to reassure the hostages, telling them they were 'the most protected here' and that 'nothing will happen to you.' The hostages who heard Sinwar were all from Nir Oz, a kibbutz that suffered heavy losses and multiple abductions on October 7.

Sinwar's Past and Leadership

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Sinwar, believed to be the mastermind behind the October 7 atrocities, learned Hebrew in an Israeli prison after his conviction in 1989 for leading the abduction and murder of two Israeli soldiers and four Palestinians suspected of working with Israel. Despite being given four life sentences, he was released in 2011 as part of a deal to return the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Sinwar was chosen to lead Hamas in Gaza in 2017, succeeding Ismail Haniyeh.

Hostages' Conditions in Captivity

An Israeli hostage freed by Hamas provided an account of the conditions in captivity, stating that they were initially well-fed until the situation deteriorated, causing hunger among the captives. They were confined in a suffocating room, sleeping on plastic chairs covered with a sheet for nearly 50 days. A ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war led to the exchange of hostages and prisoners, enabling some captives to return home.

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reportedly presented with six different plans over the years by the last three heads of Israel's Security Agency to eliminate Sinwar, but all of them were rejected by Netanyahu. This development adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, raising questions about the motives and strategies of Israel's political leadership.

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