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US dual citizen taken captive dies in Gaza, Israeli forum says

One of the captives taken by Hamas, US dual national Gadi Haggai, 73, has died in Gaza, a group representing Israeli captives’ families has said.

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum said in a statement that on the morning of October 7, Haggai and his wife Judi went out for a morning walk in the fields of kibbutz Nir Oz, when they were kidnapped by Hamas.

“Judi managed to notify friends that they had been shot and that Gadi was critically injured – it was the last contact with them. Judi is still held captive by Hamas. Gadi’s body is still being held by Hamas in Gaza,” spokesperson Liat Bell Sommer said.

According to an official Israeli tally, 129 people remain held in Gaza after the rest were repatriated in a November truce or recovered during a military offensive. Of those still in Gaza, 22 are dead, the Israeli government says.

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