Spain confirms the death of Iván Illarramendi, kidnapped by Hamas in Israel | International

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The Spaniard Iván Illarramendi Saizar, kidnapped by Hamas on October 7 in the kibbutz (agricultural farm) of Kissufim, very close to Gaza, has died, according to what has been announced The confidential and diplomatic sources have confirmed to EL PAÍS. The Islamists entered the house where Illarramendi was and kidnapped him along with his wife Loren Garcovich, a Chilean national, who is also presumed dead. Illarramendi, 46 years old, was born in Zarautz (Gipuzkoa).

On October 17, the Israeli Government included him among the 200 citizens of 42 nationalities kidnapped by Hamas. The acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, demanded that day the “immediate release of all the hostages” in the hands of the Islamist militia, expressly citing the Spanish “fellow citizen.” However, the sources consulted now admit that it is not clear whether they were taken to Gaza or killed that same day. The couple took refuge in a room in the house when the Hamas assault began and asked their relatives in Israel for help via cell phone until communication was cut off and they were no longer heard from.

This is the second Spanish victim of the terrorist attack of October 7. On the 11th, the death of Maya Villalobo, a 19-year-old Spanish-Israeli who was doing military service in her mother's country of origin, was confirmed. The daughter of a Spanish professor from the University of Seville and an Israeli researcher, she was stationed at the Nahal Oz military base, near Gaza, which was devastated by Hamas. After Illarramendi's death was confirmed, there are no longer any Spanish citizens in the hands of the Islamist militia.

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