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Sri Lankan suspected of being held hostage by Hamas dies

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By Sheain Fernandopulle

The Sri Lankan national, who was believed to have been taken hostage by the Islamic militant group Hamas in Palestine, has been confirmed dead, according to the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv.

The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Israel, Nimal Bandara, stated that the death of 48-year-old Sujith Bandara Yatawara was confirmed by the Interpol branch of the Israel Police. This confirmation came after DNA samples provided by Bandara's children were matched with an unidentified body.

Yatawara had been missing since October 7, the day when Hamas militants infiltrated Israeli towns near the blockaded Gaza Strip to carry out an unprecedented attack. 

Following his disappearance, his children provided DNA samples, which were then sent to Israel for further investigation.

Yatawara who had traveled to Israel in 2015, is a resident of Wennappuwa

The Sri Lankan Embassy expressed its condolences to Yatawara's family and assured their commitment to providing assistance during this difficult time.


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  • Sandy Friday, 03 November 2023 06:20 PM

    Why don't the Palestine supporters ask hamas to release Sri Lankan hostages

    Gb Friday, 03 November 2023 06:40 PM

    Probably died while Israel was bombing gaza, Israel don't care about hostages not even their own, they indiscriminately bomb gaza even where hostages are kept, then blame hamas, disgusting israel

    Potta Harry Friday, 03 November 2023 07:11 PM

    Many politicians and religious leaders visited Palestinian embassy to show solidarity. Wonder how many of them visited to pay final respect to late Anula who was killed by the Hamas.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Friday, 03 November 2023 07:30 PM

    Isreal government, Sri Lankan authorities in collaboration with SFEB should pay sizeable amount to maintain this unfortunate family.


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