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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke to journalists on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Noting that Hamas must immediately release all hostages, Peskov said, "This is our firm position. Of course, we call on Hamas to ensure the release of all hostages."

Peskov emphasized that they are using all opportunities to contact "all parties to the conflict" about the release of Russian citizens held by Hamas and that these efforts will continue.

Stating that he did not yet have precise information on how and when the Russian citizens could be released, Peskov said, "We sincerely hope for their safe return. Of course, we are primarily concerned about our compatriots."

Peskov responded to the question about how many Russian hostages are in the hands of Hamas by saying, "It is not right to give approximate estimates here, I cannot give the exact number."

Stating that they meet with the Israeli side quite regularly and have an intense dialog, Peskov said, "The position of the Russian side is quite consistent. This has been repeatedly stated by (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. We condemn all manifestations of terrorism, we express our condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims. We want to achieve a ceasefire as soon as possible and find a solution to the problem, the basis of which, we believe, is to provide the Palestinians with an independent state."