Netanyahu reveals the number of Israeli hostages alive in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview broadcast on ABC on Sunday that there is a "sufficient number" of 132 Israeli hostages alive in Gaza to justify the continuation of the Israeli war in the region.

In response to a question about the number of hostages still alive, Netanyahu said that the number is “sufficient to justify the kind of efforts we are making.”


He added in an interview with the "This Week" program broadcast by the American network, "We will do our utmost to recover all the living, and frankly, the bodies of the dead as well."

Netanyahu said that for every Hamas militant killed, a Palestinian civilian is killed in Gaza.

Gaza health authorities estimate that about 28,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the Strip since the war began in October.