Hundreds rally to demand the release of Israeli hostages

STORY: Hamas gunmen burst into Israel on Oct. 7, killed 1,200 people in their homes, on army bases, along roads and at an outdoor rave, and inflicting sexual violence on some of their victims, according to a U.N. team of experts.

The gunmen also seized 253 hostages, including children and elderly, civilians, and soldiers. Around half of them were released as part of a brief truce deal in late November.

Talks to secure another ceasefire that would include the release of dozens more of the remaining hostages, resumed in Egypt on Sunday.

But some hostage families are wary, with previous rounds of negotiations having gone nowhere and some of the hostages dying in captivity.

Israel's retaliatory offensive in Gaza has killed more than 33,000 people since, according to health authorities in the enclave