Hamas armed wing says it lost contact with militants guarding four Israeli hostages

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GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas' armed wing Al Qassam Brigades said on Monday it had lost contact with militants guarding four Israeli hostages, including U.S.-Israeli citizen Hersh Goldberg-Polin, because of Israeli bombardment of Gaza over the past 10 days.

Goldberg-Polin, who previously pleaded to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his release in a video message published by the group in late April, is one of more than 250 Israelis and foreigners kidnapped by Hamas-led fighters during their Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

(This story has been refiled to correct the spelling of Goldberg-Polin)

(Reporting by Nidal Al Mughrabi; Writing by Adam Makary; Editing by Gareth Jones)