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Szijjarto: Government aware of four Hungarian hostages in Gaza

The government is aware of four hostages of Hungarian nationality or origin in Gaza, including two children, and the government is doing all it can to get them to safety, while there are no reports of any Hungarian deaths, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said on Friday.

All Hungarian citizens staying in Israel on a temporary basis have been offered the chance to leave, while everyone who requested this has been brought home, according to a ministry statement quoting the minister before he left for Yerevan.

He noted that Israel is in the process of identifying hostages, adding that the government recently received three inquiries related to persons of Hungarian origin and Hungarian citizenship among the hostages. Two persons were identified as Hungarian citizens on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, while information about a person of Hungarian origin emerged on Thursday, he said.

Hungary is in constant contact with the Israeli task force set up to free the hostages and the authorities, as well as with the affected families, he said.

Szijjarto said the government had taken all possible steps to free them and “we sincerely hope that the Israeli authorities and organisations playing a role in their release are successful.”

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