Biden was “heartbroken” to learn that the American who was abducted by Hamas had passed away.

President of the United States Joe Biden expressed on Friday his “heartbreak” at the reports that American Gadi Haggai may have been killed on October 7 during an attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas.

It was previously believed that Haggai, an Israeli-American man 73 years old, and his spouse were captured during the attack. Haggai passed away while being held captive, according to an organization advocating for the relatives of the captives earlier on Friday.

“Jill (Biden) and I are both devastated by the news that American Gadi Haggai is believed to have been killed by Hamas on October 7.
According to a White House statement, the U.S. president added, “We continue to pray for his wife Judy’s well-being and safe return.

Haggai’s wife, Judith Weinstein, is still being kept captive in Gaza, according to Israeli news organization Haaretz.

There was no other information regarding Haggai’s situation provided in the Biden statement.

On October 7, Hamas went on a rampage through Israel, attacking Kibbutzim, border towns, and a music festival. According to Israeli estimates, 1,200 people were killed in the attack, and 240 more were taken prisoner in Gaza. 

Over 20,000 people have died as a result of Israel’s retaliatory attack on Gaza, according to the health ministry administered by Hamas. Many more are missing and are likely buried beneath debris.

A committee created by the Israeli government has been ruling several captives dead in absentia based on a variety of intelligence sources. 

Although Hamas has not always corroborated these reports, it has issued a warning that “the time has run out” for the captives as the 12-week conflict between Palestinian militants and Israel draws to a close.

Haggai will always be remembered as a man with a sharp mind and a love of wind instruments. His family also stated in a statement provided to Haaretz that he was a talented chef who enjoyed an active, healthy lifestyle with his wife, Judi.

We continue to hope and pray that his remains will be released to us, that Judi is still alive, and that we will soon be reunited, as the family statement said. We are saddened by the loss of our grandfather and father.

An official Israeli count indicates that 129 prisoners are still being held in Gaza after the remainder were either recaptured during a military invasion or repatriated following a truce in November. The Israeli government claims that 22 people who are still in Gaza are dead.

Five to ten captives are nationals of the United States, according to the captives and Missing Families Forum.

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