Israel Prioritizes Hostage Safety Amid Hamas War
A spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, IDF, says it's a national priority to rescue and release citizens kidnapped by Hamas. Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner says the ongoing ground operation coupled with diplomatic efforts will continue to ensure the release of hostages. Lerner's remarks come after local media reported that Israeli families are mounting pressure on the government to ensure the safe return of their loved ones home. For more on the latest developments in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, VOA's Peter Clottey reached Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner via Skype.