Al-Qassam Brigades claim possession of over 200 captives, plan to release non-Israeli detainees

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Oct 2023

Abu Ubaida, the spokesperson for the Al-Qassam Brigades, delivered a recorded statement today, shedding light on the status of prisoners held by Hamas and related factions.

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A Palestinian living in Lebanon chants slogans against France and French President Emmanuel Macron as he takes part in a protest in front of the French embassy in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. AP

 

Abu Ubaida stated that Hamas currently detains non-Israeli prisoners, and they are prepared to release them as soon as the circumstances permit.

He disclosed that the Al-Qassam Brigades alone are holding approximately 200 prisoners, with additional detainees scattered among different Palestinian resistance groups, bringing the total number to an estimated 250 or more.

 Abu Ubaida added that 22 captives have lost their lives thus far.

Regarding detainees of various nationalities, Abu Ubaida conveyed that the Al-Qassam Brigades consider them as their guests and pledged to release them as soon as field conditions permit.

He also called on nations around the world not to enlist their citizens in the ranks of the enemy's army, stressing that any combatant will be treated as a direct enemy and considered a Zionist.

 

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