There are two hostages of Bulgarian origin in Gaza. Foreign Minister Maria Gabriel announced this at a press conference after she and Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov returned from their visit to Israel.
“We met with families of hostages and it became clear that there are two hostages of Bulgarian origin. This is the information we can share so far, we continue in coordination with the State of Israel and with the parties involved in the negotiations to make sure that lead to the release of the hostages.”
“When there is enough information and it will not jeopardize the release of the captives, more details will be given,” she specified.
Efforts are continuing to prevent a regional escalation of the conflict, Maria Gabriel also pointed out. The international community, together with Israel, is looking for a solution to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
“Bulgaria was the first to evacuate its short-term compatriots in Gaza. We received special thanks from the Israeli Foreign Ministry for the assistance and coordination.”
“We will not clarify more information about the hostages, as this could endanger their lives. We will not talk about this subject until we have permission from Israel,” specified Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov.