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Gaza War: Families of hostages release video of Hamas kidnapping of their daughters on October 7

Three minutes and ten seconds that send a shiver down your spine. On Wednesday, five hostage families decided to release video of their daughters being kidnapped during the Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel. It was submitted to the Forum of Hostage Families, which at the end of the day distributed it to the media, including the newspaper Le Parisien.

The footage, captured by Hamas terrorists’ on-board cameras, was filmed at the Nahal Oz military base, located just a few hundred meters from the Gaza Strip. On October 7, many Israeli soldiers were killed there. “The video (…) was edited and censored to exclude the most disturbing scenes, such as the numerous young men and women killed at the Nahal Oz base and inside the bomb shelter,” Forum points out.

“I have friends in Palestine”

In the video broadcast, several female observation soldiers tasked with monitoring the border between the Jewish state and the Gaza Strip lined up against a wall facing Hamas men. Some with bloodied faces tried to communicate with the terrorists in English. “I have friends in Palestine,” says one of them. The attacker is later seen shouting at the soldiers, asking them to shut up and sit down.

Then armed people stand on both sides of the future hostages. Some pray, others tie the soldiers’ hands. In the final seconds of the video, young women, wounded or covered in blood, are accompanied by Hamas members in the back seat of a jeep parked in front of the base. We see them for the last time, huddled in the trunk of a car, their faces marked by beatings and fear.

On October 7, fifteen female IDF observers were killed at the Nahal Oz military base and seven were kidnapped. Among them is 19-year-old Noah Marciano, whose remains were found in mid-November by the Israeli army in a building adjacent to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip. Ori Megidish, 18, was released on October 31 in an operation carried out by the IDF and the Shin Bet, the Jewish state’s internal intelligence service.

A demonstration is planned in front of Netanyahu’s office this evening.

The remaining five observers, namely Liri Albag, Karina Ariev, Agam Berger, Daniela Gilboa and Naama Levy, are still in the hands of Hamas in the Palestinian enclave. It was the families of these five hostages who decided to publicly broadcast the video of their abduction by the Islamist movement.

“Every new account of what happened to the hostages reflects the same tragic truth: we must return them all home immediately,” the Families and Hostages Forum commented. He also announces that a rally will be held this Wednesday at 20:30 (19:30 in Paris) in front of Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem. “In view of today’s government meeting and the publication of observer videos (…) the families of the hostages will gather in front of the Prime Minister’s office and shout: Look them in the eye! Their time is running out! “, the Forum points out.

The Hamas attack in Israel killed more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP report based on official Israeli data. Of the 252 people taken hostage back then, 124 are still being held in the Gaza Strip, including 37 killed, according to the army.

In response, Israel vowed to “destroy” Hamas and launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip that has killed at least 35,647 people, most of them civilians, according to the government’s health ministry in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory.

Source: Le Parisien

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