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    Hostage Families Protest Outside Netanyahu’s Home, Ramping up Pressure for a Truce-for-Hostages Deal

    Hostage Families Protest Outside Netanyahu's Home, Ramping up Pressure for a Truce-for-Hostages Deal

    (AP) — Relatives of hostages held by Hamas in protested Saturday outside the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing frustration over his government's seeming lack of progress in getting the more than 100 captives released as the war in Gaza drags on.

    A group representing families of the hostages said they had “begged for 105 days” and now demanded that the government show leadership and take bold steps to free the hostages. A member of 's War Cabinet has called a cease-fire the only way to secure their release, a comment that implied criticism of Israel's current strategy.

    The protest outside the prime minister's home and the remark by former Israeli chief Gadi Eisenkot were among signs of growing strife in Israel over the direction of the war in its fourth month. Netanyahu has said he will push for “complete victory” against Hamas but has not outlined how he would achieve it.

    Critics have accused him of preventing a Cabinet-level debate about a post-war scenario for Gaza, alleging Netanyahu was stalling in hopes of avoiding conflict that could potentially break up his right-wing ruling coalition.

    Israel launched its war against Hamas following the militant group's unprecedented Oct. 7 attack that killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, in Israel and saw about 250 others taken hostage from the country's south. Health authorities in Hamas-ruled Gaza say…

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