The spokesperson for the Israeli army announced that 242 people have been taken hostage in Gaza.
Daniel Hagari, the spokesperson for the Israeli army, stated that the army has made contact with the families of the 242 individuals who have been taken hostage in Gaza.
The last reported number of hostages was 239.
Hamas has claimed that the hostages have been hidden throughout Gaza, including in tunnels.
Last week, Hamas announced that at least 50 hostages were killed in Israeli airstrikes, a figure that cannot be confirmed.
Yesterday, the group also reported that 7 hostages were killed in an airstrike on the Jabalia refugee camp.
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