The State Department said this week that at least nine Americans lost their lives in Israel during Hamas-led terrorist strikes that happened all over the country.
Matthew Miller, the press secretary for the State Dept., put out a statement which said:
“Right now, we know for sure that nine U.S. citizens have died. We offer the families of all those impacted as well as the victims our sincere sympathies.”
“We are keeping a close eye on things and staying in touch with our Israeli partners as well as the local government. We’re in touch with the families and giving them all the diplomatic help they need. Americans in the area will still be able to get information from Alerts, the US Embassy website, as well as travel.state.gov.”
“We have confirmation that there are currently unaccounted-for U.S. citizens and that we have been working closely with our Israeli partners to figure out their whereabouts.”
An Israeli source says that Hamas militants are holding an unidentified number of American prisoners.
According to Michael Herzog, the Israeli ambassador to the US, all he could say was, “We are aware there are in fact Americans that are among the hostages.”
The White House hosted a BBQ along with a band performing live on Sunday night, even though they knew that Hamas had killed Americans and was holding hostages.
Based on what Kurt Zindulka of Breitbart News said:
“The most recent estimates say that Hamas terrorists are responsible for killing at least 700 individuals throughout Israel. On Saturday, about 260 people were slaughtered at a music event in southern Israel. About 2,400 people have been hurt in the fighting, and the Palestinians are thought to have been responsible for taking over 100 people hostage.”
“As of Saturday morning, when the fighting began, at least 4,400 rockets were fired at Israel. This happened during the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, which is the last day of the yearly High Holy Day cycle. For their part, the Palestinians say that 493 people were killed and 2,751 have been hurt in Gaza.”