Some Israeli hostages have been given Hungarian citizenship, senior official says

Some Israeli hostages have been granted Hungarian citizenship and issued Hungarian passports while in Gaza, a Hungarian senior government official confirms to CNN.

The official confirmed to CNN the Hungarian government is doing this to add an extra layer of protection to the hostages. 

The Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment. 

CNN has approached the Hostages and Missing Families Forum and the Prime Minister’s Office.

The unnamed Hungarian senior government official told CNN that the citizenship granting came in coordination with the Israeli government. 

The official did not say who or when the hostages were granted citizenship, or how many

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