The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is hampered by Hamas’s holding of hostages on the front lines in the Gaza Strip, ICRC Regional Director for Near and Middle East Fabrizio Carboni told RBC, Report informs.

“The specificity of the situation is that hostages are held on the battlefield, on the front line. This is quite unusual. If you look at other world conflicts where the ICRC has visited hostages or prisoners, you will find that they are usually not held on the battlefield,” he said.