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‘Bargaining chips:’ Famed UK special forces unit offers help to find Hamas hostages, report says

Multiple international partners, including the United Kingdom, stand ready to assist Israeli forces to rescue hostages taken by Hamas during its terrorist attack on Oct. 7 and used as “bargaining chips,” according to a report.

“The way that Hamas is holding the hostages looks like they’ve scattered them over the territory of Gaza very widely,” said Justin Crump, a military veteran and chief executive of security and intelligence group Sibylline. He argued that Western nations with strong special forces capabilities should “help to get their citizens back.” 

At least 4,200 people have been killed since Hamas launched thousands of missiles into Israel last week, including at least 1,400 Israeli civilians and soldiers and 31 Americans. Palestinian health authorities say at least 2,808 Palestinians have been killed and more than 10,950 wounded.

President Biden visited Israel on Wednesday and addressed reporters, saying that “as the American president, there is no higher priority than the release and safe return of all these hostages.” 

SAS man during exercise

SAS man on taring exercise (Andrew Chittock / Alamy Stock Photo)

Former CIA director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus told Fox News Digital that the effort he has seen so far has been “very comprehensive,” suggesting the IDF would be “feverishly working to identify the locations of all the hostages Hamas took,” including the dozens of Americans caught up in the conflict.  

“I think they’re doing everything they can to ensure that the Americans there can leave, not just Gaza, but those that are in Israel and want to leave and, frankly, expressing enormous concern and taking actions to see to the issues of the displaced civilians inside Gaza as well,” he explained.

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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