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For 10 days, Noam Alon, 24, has camped outside the central military headquarters in Tel Aviv, aiming to pressure the Israeli government to do more to recover his girlfriend of a year and a half, Inbar Heiman, and the More than 200 other hostages are currently detained in Gaza.

But with no word on when and if the captives will be freed, Alon has grown impatient with the Israeli government and is moving away from the place where he and about 30 others have been sleeping. “We will not remain silent,” he said.

On Tuesday, Alon joined the families of about 50 hostages and their supporters. (a total of about 100 people) who plan to march for five days from Tel Aviv, on the Mediterranean coast, to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem, setting up camp each night along the way.

Carrying bottles of water and sleeping bags, the group marched from a plaza in front of the military barracks, shouting “Bring them home now!”

Alon, like many others at the march, wants Netanyahu and his cabinet to do everything possible to secure the release of those kidnapped by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in the October 7 attack that the Israeli government says killed 1,200. people. people.

“We believe the Israeli government should pay any price,” Alon said, whether that involves a prisoner exchange, a ceasefire or the delivery of fuel. The lives of the hostages are in the hands of the government, he stated. Netanyahu, who has made clear that Israel’s goal is to eradicate Hamas, has maintained that a ceasefire would be contingent on the release of the hostages.

In late October, Israeli forces rescued one hostage and Hamas freed four others about a week earlier. But despite negotiation efforts led by the United States and Qatar, there has been no further progress on a hostage release agreement. Families of the hostages have organized demonstrations over the past two weeks that have drawn thousands of people to military headquarters.

Despite widespread public support, those with family and friends held captive in Gaza are frustrated.

“I’m tired of sitting around,” said Yuval Haran, 36, of Be’eri, a kibbutz near the Gaza border that came under heavy attack on Oct. 7. He has seven family members held hostage in Gaza and was an organizer of the march. “I want to start walking towards where decisions are made.”

The protesters, who range in age from 20 to 70, will walk about 10 miles a day along main roads and sleep each night in roadside camps. They are filling one lane of the highway and police escorts, support personnel and vans transporting material occupy another.

Shelly Shem Tov, 51, whose 21-year-old son Omer was kidnapped at the Nova festival, joined the march to try to galvanize popular support and put pressure on Netanyahu. She also sees stepping out of her comfort zone, marching on foot toward Jerusalem, as an opportunity to identify on a personal level with her son, who is in “a place I can’t even imagine,” she said.

On Monday, Hamas released a video of a hostage the group says was killed by an Israeli airstrike, raising concerns among families that Israel’s military operations in Gaza are threatening the lives of the hostages.

In July, protesters against Netanyahu’s judicial reform organized a similar five-day march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The hostages’ families have described the march as apolitical, but Avi Gur Arye, 73, who joined as a supporter, said it would be a blessing if the movement also contributed to a change of government, which he said is “dividing and tearing apart the fabric of this country” after the war.

Alon said he wants to be optimistic that protesters won’t have to walk all the way. He said he hoped that during the march “everyone will tell us: ‘Stop walking. They are here.'”

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