PM Bennett responded to journalists' inquiries regarding Hamas's statement that the condition of one of the Israeli captives has begun deteriorating.

"Hamas proved again that it is a criminal terrorist organization, which holds mentally ill civilians [captive] as well as the bodies of killed IDF soldiers in violation of all international conventions and laws. Hamas is the one responsible for the condition of Israeli civilians held captive," he said.

"The State of Israel will continue its determined, responsible efforts, mediated by Egypt, to return the captives," concluded Bennett.