By WAFAA SHURAFA, Related Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Tuesday launched a video of a captive Israeli citizen it has held incommunicado since 2015, exhibiting the person mendacity in a hospital mattress whereas sporting an oxygen masks.
It was the primary picture of Hisham al-Sayid to be launched since he wandered throughout the frontier from southern Israel into Gaza. Its launch got here a day after Hamas mentioned the situation of one of many Israelis it’s holding captive had deteriorated.
Within the video, al-Sayid, 34, is seen mendacity in mattress with a masks over his mouth and nostril and what seems to be an oxygen canister subsequent to him. He seems drained and dazed, however doesn’t communicate and there’s no audio.
Different elements of the video present an intravenous drip subsequent to the mattress in addition to a picture of al-Sayid’s Israeli identification card. Al-Sayid is a member of Israel’s Bedouin Arab minority.
The video is titled, “Footage of the soldier within the military of occupation, Hisham al-Sayid, detained by the Qassam Brigades.”
There isn’t a date on the video. However a TV display screen within the video confirmed pictures of the Qatar Financial Discussion board, which was held in Doha final week.
Hamas is believed to be holding the stays of two troopers killed throughout a 2014 conflict. Israel has pronounced the troopers useless, although Hamas has by no means confirmed this. Hamas can also be believed to be holding two Israeli civilians who wandered throughout the frontier, together with al-Sayid. Rights teams say that each civilians endure from psychological sickness.
The Islamic militant group has given no particulars on the situations or whereabouts of its prisoners, and it has by no means allowed the Purple Cross to go to them.
Late on Monday, after Hamas mentioned certainly one of its prisoner’s situation had deteriorated, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned Hamas was a “cynical and prison terrorist group that holds mentally ailing civilians in violation of all worldwide conventions and legal guidelines.”
Hamas has demanded the discharge of tons of of Palestinian prisoners, together with individuals convicted in lethal assaults, in change for the captive Israelis.
Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies which have fought 4 wars and dozens of smaller skirmishes since Hamas seized management of Gaza 15 years in the past.
Israel and Egypt have maintained a decent blockade over the territory all through that point. Israel says the closure is required to stop Hamas from build up its army capabilities, whereas critics say the coverage quantities to collective punishment of Gaza’s 2 million Palestinian residents.
Israel says there might be no main strikes towards lifting the blockade till the troopers’ stays and captive civilians are launched.
The prime minister’s workplace mentioned Israel would proceed working by means of Egyptian mediation to deliver concerning the launch of the captives.
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