The U.S. and Israel are uncertain about the number of hostages still alive after Hamas terrorists took them on Oct. 7.
There are nine missing American citizens and one U.S. green card-holder in Hamas custody.
Israel is classifying all 239 missing individuals as hostages of Hamas, but the exact number of hostages is unknown.
National Security adviser Jake Sullivan said, “We do not know the precise number of hostages.
Adding, We know the number of missing, and that’s the number the Israelis have given, but we don’t know how many of those are still alive,”
Sullivan further explained, “As far as Americans are concerned, there are nine missing American citizens as well as a missing legal permanent resident–a green card holder.”
Israeli airstrikes have targeted northern Gaza, and the Israeli Defense Forces have entered Gaza City in search of the hostages.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry claims that over 11,000 Gazans have been killed, but the U.S. rejects this data.