Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, who returned to Israel from a visit to Italy, said on Thursday, "Two Israeli civilians are in the Gaza Strip in Hamas's hands. The state of Israel is investing many efforts to return them to their families. We view Hamas as being responsible for their fate and demand their return."
Ya'alon said he met with Avera Mengistu's family, updated them on steps to return him to Israel, and that he is also in touch with the family of the second Israeli held in the Strip.
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