The Tanzanian citizen who was held hostage by Hamas has been confirmed dead

Johua Mulel has been missing since October 7.

LONDON — A Tanzanian national who had been missing since he was taken hostage by Hamas on October 7 has been confirmed dead, the Tanzanian Foreign Ministry announced.

Tanzanian officials said Joshua Mwale, 21, was a Tanzanian student who was working as an agricultural trainee on a kibbutz near Israel’s border with Gaza on October 7.

“The Government of Israel has informed us that Joshua Molele, a young Tanzanian who was studying in Israel, with whom we have lost contact since October 7, 2023, and with whom the Government has been making significant efforts to obtain information ever since, was killed immediately after being captured by a Hamas group on October 7. /October”. Announce On X, formerly known as Twitter.

Makamba announced that the Tanzanian government has been in contact with Joshua Molele’s family, and aims to send his father, along with another family member and Tanzanian government officials, to Israel to meet with the Tanzanian ambassador to Israel and to speak with the authorities to obtain additional information.

“With the family’s consent, and where necessary, we will provide additional information in the future,” Makamba said.

It is believed that Maloul’s body is still being held by Hamas inside the Gaza Strip, according to the report Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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In a Facebook post, Kibbutz Nahal Oz sent its condolences to the Melil family.

“This evening, we reported that Joshua Loyto Mulale [sic]He was declared missing since October 7, and was kidnapped in the Gaza Strip and killed. Announce Kibbutz Nahal Oz in the post. “His body is being held by Hamas… may God have mercy on him.”

At least 1,200 people were killed and 6,900 others injured when Hamas launched its surprise terror attack on Israel on October 7, according to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. In Gaza, more than 18,600 people were killed and more than 50,500 injured, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Mwale is the second Tanzanian citizen whose death has been confirmed since October 7. Clemens Mtenga, another Tanzanian national, was confirmed dead in November, and Tanzanian officials say they are in contact with Israel to return his body to his country for burial.

Mwale and Mtenga were one of several Tanzanian students in Israel who participated in the “agricultural training program,” according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He saidIt is part of an agreement between the governments of Israel and Tanzania.

Ayat Shilin, Head of the Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) He said They learned of Moyle’s death “with great sadness.”

“May he rest in peace,” Shalin said.

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