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Hostage families protest in Tel Aviv, ask for Biden's help

Family members protest

Family members protest

Photo: Associated Press

Protesters gathered outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Friday to demand the release of dozens of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

Demonstrators carried large photographs of the hostages as well as signs with slogans calling for help from US President Joe Biden.

"Our only hope is international intervention, mainly the US administration", said Zahiro Mor, grandson of Avraham Munder, one of the hostages.

"Right now, our government is not giving us anything and is acting against us. It is not acting in the best interest of the hostages," added Mor.

On October 7, Hamas militants entered southern Israel, killing over 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostages. About half the hostages were released in a November ceasefire. Hamas is believed to be holding around 100 hostages, as well as the remains of around 30 people who were killed on October 7 or died in captivity.

"Help us, Biden," said one protester on a megaphone, while another held a sign that read "stop sacrificing hostages."

Israeli shelling and ground offensives have killed at least 33,360 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 74,993, the Health Ministry says.