US and Israeli officials have clarified that it is not certain how many of the 133 hostages still in Gaza are alive, NBC News reported.

Around one-fourth of the hostages in Gaza are no longer alive.

According to US officials, though it is "difficult to say for certain," far fewer hostages may be alive than is publicly known.

A former senior Israeli official told NBC that there is no firm estimate regarding how many hostages are still alive, adding, "No one reliable has this information. It’s all speculation."... Read More: Arutz-7