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Coldplay's concert in Athens calls for the release of hostages

During a recent Coldplay concert in Athens, a group of Israeli attendees chanted “Bring them home,” a heartfelt plea for the release of 116 hostages currently held by Hamas. The singing began as the band concluded their rendition of “Yellow,” a color that symbolizes support for captives. A concert attendee, Amir Rosen, expressed the profound impact of the moment, highlighting the Israeli people's determination to stand firm until all hostages are returned.

Athens, a favorite holiday spot for Israelis, has seen an influx of visitors from Israel, particularly as many now avoid Turkey because of its support for Hamas amid the ongoing conflict. The incident at the Coldplay concert comes a day after videos circulated on social media showing large crowds of Israelis in Athens celebrating the successful rescue of four hostages on Saturday. Noa Argamani, Shlomi Ziv, Almog Meir Jan and Andrey Kozlov were safely returned to Israel, sparking widespread celebrations both nationally and internationally.

An estimated 116 hostages, taken by Hamas on October 7, remain in Gaza. This follows the release of 105 civilians during a week-long truce in late November and the earlier release of four hostages. So far, seven hostages have been successfully rescued and the bodies of 19 hostages have been recovered, including three who were mistakenly killed by the military. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have confirmed the death of 41 of those still held by Hamas, based on new intelligence and findings from troops operating in Gaza. In addition, one person has been missing since October 7 and his fate remains uncertain. Hamas is also reportedly holding two Israeli civilians who entered the Strip in 2014 and 2015, along with the bodies of two IDF soldiers killed in 2014.


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