Relatives and friends to some 240 people being held hostage in the Gaza Strip by the militant Palestinian organisation Hamas are marching almost 70 kilometres to push for their release.
They began their protest march on Tuesday in Tel Aviv and plan to arrive in Jerusalem, almost 70 kilometres away, on Saturday.
There, they are to march to the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to organisers, who called on Netanyahu to meet with them.
“Meet us and explain what conditions Israel has set for an exchange of hostages,” said a statement on behalf of the hostages’ relatives.
All Israelis were called upon to join the march and demand the release of the abductees.
On Oct. 7, Hamas fighters and other groups killed about 1,200 people in massacres and attacks in the Israeli border area and abducted around 240 hostages who were taken into Gaza.
Four were later released and one was freed in a military operation.
It is unclear how many of the others are still alive. (dpa/NAN)