Joshua Loitu Mollel and Clemence Felix Mtenga were in Israel as part of an agricultural internship programme, Israel’s foreign ministry said on X. They were among 260 Tanzanian students in Israel. Tanzania’s ambassador to Israel has assured both families the two governments were working together to secure their release. More than 230 hostages were taken over the border to the Gaza Strip which is under Hamas control. Israel says they come from 25 countries, including one South African who is yet to be identified. The South African authorities have not commented. Hamas says it has hidden the hostages in “safe places and tunnels” within Gaza.