Hamas fighters are holding more than 100 Israeli hostages in Gaza, including high-ranking army officers, a spokesperson for the militant group claimed Sunday.
In an interview with Arabic news outlet al-Ghad TV, Mousa Abu Marzouk, chief deputy of Hamas' political bureau, said the number of Israeli hostages "hasn't been counted yet but they are over a hundred."
Asked about the presence of Israeli army officers among the hostages, Marzouk said: "There are high-ranking officers."
Another Palestinian armed group, Islamic Jihad, on Sunday said it is holding at least 30 hostages in Gaza.
CNN is unable to verify the claims of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Israel authorities have said that dozens of Israelis are being held hostage in Gaza but have not confirmed exact numbers.
In addition to Israeli captives, there are several other nationalities believed to be taken hostage. Two Mexican nationals, a woman and a man, have “presumably” been taken hostage by Hamas, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena said on Sunday. At least three Brazilian nationals are also missing, according to Brazilian authorities.