Hamas Claims British-Israeli Captive Died in Israeli Strike

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British-Israeli Captive Dies from Wounds in Israeli Air Strike, Hamas Reports

British-Israeli captive, Nadav Popplewell, has died from injuries sustained during an Israeli air strike, according to a statement released by Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades. Popplewell was taken captive from the Nirim kibbutz in southern Israel by the Palestinian group on October 7. The announcement of his death was made mere hours after a video featuring a bruised Popplewell was circulated by the group.

Popplewell’s Capture and Hamas’s Information Campaign

In the footage disseminated on social media, Popplewell, a 51-year-old from the Nirim kibbutz, is shown in a white T-shirt. The video includes an ominous warning in Arabic and Hebrew text, stating, “Time is running out. Your government is lying.” According to reports from Israel’s Ynet news site, Popplewell was seized during a Hamas-led attack on Nirim. His mother was also captured but was subsequently released during a hostage exchange between Hamas and Israel last year. Tragically, Popplewell’s brother lost his life in the attack.

This video is the third such footage released by Hamas’s armed wing in less than a month, showcasing captives held in Gaza. The releases are seen as a pressure tactic against the Israeli government, particularly as domestic demand for the hostages’ safe return grows.

Impact on Israeli Domestic Politics

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker in Amman comments on this strategy, noting that the release of these videos, often showing dead hostages, is Hamas’s way of pressurizing the Israeli government. However, this has not resulted in any significant policy change from the Israeli side.

Despite the mounting pressure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government have yet to come to an agreement with Hamas. The Hostages and Missing Families Forum in Israel released a statement urging the Israeli government to negotiate a deal with Hamas to secure the release of the remaining captives. Some family members have even called for Netanyahu’s resignation, accusing him of indifference towards the captives’ plight.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

The conflict in Gaza has claimed an immense toll on human lives. On October 7 alone, 1,139 people were killed when Hamas and allied fighters attacked southern Israel, taking 250 captives to the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials state that 128 of them are still being held in the Palestinian territory, including 36 who are deceased. Israel’s seven-month military campaign in Gaza has caused at least 34,971 deaths and left 78,641 people wounded.


The death of British-Israeli captive Nadav Popplewell is a sobering reminder of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. As the conflict continues, the international community watches with bated breath, hoping for a peaceful resolution that will secure the release of the remaining captives and put an end to the bloodshed. However, for now, the situation remains bleak, with the Israeli government yet to make significant policy changes in response to Hamas’s pressure tactics.