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The list of 17 names is of Nepali Citizens who came under attack during the Hamas attack on Israel. The list shows the names of people who were either killed during the attack or missing as of now.

On October 7, 2023, Hamas, an Islamic militant group attacked Israel as a part of their 'Al-Aqsa Storm' operation. Hamas breached a fortified border fence, killing and capturing Israeli soldiers and civilians including foreign nationals. 

Amid this, a list of 17 individuals is being shared on social media with a claim that 17 Indians have been kidnapped by Hamas. Many users are sharing the list with a message, "As per sources 17 Indians have been kidnapped by HAMAS on Saturday in Israel.Out of this 10 are killed OR executed. No one from I.N.D.I.A. alliance has guts to give a statement on these kidnapped Indians.They support students of AMU who came out in support of HAMAS with a March".

Here is the list.

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We did a Google search but did not find any credible news reports about the list of Indians kidnapped by Hamas. India's Ministry of External Affairs stated that as of October 12, 2023, there was no information regarding Indian causalities in Israel during the recent Hamas attack.

PTI reported on October 15, 2023, citing official sources that at least two Israeli women security officers of Indian origin were killed during the attack.

Further, we did a keyword search with the names mentioned on the list and found several news reports including from Nepali outlets that had reported the same names stating that 17 Nepali nationals were either killed or injured during the Hamas attack.

The Kathmandu Post reported on October 17, 2023, that Israel had confirmed the identity of Nepali students who had been killed in the Hamas attack. The report further states,

At least 10 Nepali students were killed on October 7 when Hamas militants entered into Israel and fired thousands of rounds of rockets and grenades at their residence. Four other Nepalis were injured in the attacks. One Nepali student, Bipin Joshi, from Kanchanpur, is still missing.

The name Bipin Joshi mentioned in the article matches with the name at 17th position in the viral photo.

The report also mention the name of other victims that matches with the viral list.

The names of the Nepali victims are Narayan Prasad Neupane of Ghodaghodi-4 in Kailali, Ganesh Kumar Nepali of Jayprithvi-6 in Bajhang, Dipeshraj Bista of Lekam-5 in Darchula, Ananda Sah of Sapahi-6 in Dhanusha, Rajesh Kumar Swarnakar of Madhuban-1 in Sunsari, Rajan Phulara of Pachnali-3 in Doti, Padam Thapa of Lamikhal-8, Doti, Prabesh Bhandari of Sharada-3, Salyan and Lokendra Singh Dhami of Malikarjun-4, Darchula.

Three students injured in the attack—Bidhan Sejwal of Sharada-2, Prabin Dangi of Dangisharan-3, Dang, and Himanchal Kattel of Gorkha—are undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, Dhan Bahadur Chaudhary of Tikapur-9, who was also injured, has returned to Nepal.

We also found an official press release dated October 15, 2023, by Nepal's embassy in Israel, confirming the name of five deceased students whose names match the names in the viral photo.



The list of 17 names is of Nepali Citizens who came under attack during the Hamas attack on Israel. The list shows the names of people who were either killed during the attack or missing as of now.

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