“Hello, my name is Yahya Sinouar. You are better protected here than anywhere else. Nothing will happen to you”, would have said, in the Hebrew he learned in prison, the leader of Hamas in Gaza to the Israeli hostages, according to a testimony collected by Israeli Channel 12. The meeting, of short duration, would have taken place the same day of the attack, in a tunnel not far from Khan Younès, a town in the south of Gaza, where residents of the Nir Oz kibbutz had been taken, including the witness of the scene.
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This is the only time Yahya Sinouar appeared, according to the first testimonies of hostages released as part of the exchanges negotiated between Israel and Hamas. Delivered to relatives or the media, these testimonies are necessarily restricted, if only because many other hostages remain captive in the Palestinian enclave.
Even though the detention conditions were sometimes difficult, it appears that the hostages were not mistreated. The Munders, released on the first day of the exchange, did not receive regular food and slept on benches, but they were not tortured, Merav Raviv, one of their relatives, told the newspaper. Ynet. Emily Hand, from Kibbutz Beeri, aged 9 in captivity, was emaciated. She still ate breakfast, but other meals were more haphazard, according to her father, Thomas Hand, who spoke to CNN. She was never beaten, she said, but she had to avoid making noise. We let her draw and play cards.
Eitan Yahalomi’s grandmother told the newspaper Haaretz that his 12-year-old grandson, Franco-Israeli from Nir Oz, would have spent the first sixteen days of his captivity in solitary confinement. He was then reportedly transferred from his kibbutz with other hostages. “Each child will receive a nutritional supplement based on their assessment”,Ronit Lubetzky, director of the pediatric department of Ichilov Hospital, told the press. Children are accompanied “social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists too – for those who need them – to mark the return to a normal routine”.
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A doctor collected for Ynet the testimony of an elderly woman. She says she was not beaten, but that she lacked medicine and food. “Their diet consisted mainly of rice, hummus and canned beans, sometimes with salty cheese and pita, but nothing more. No fruits, vegetables or eggs », reported the doctor. The hostage is said to have lost 12 kilos. Water, on the other hand, was served at will, even though it was lacking to the inhabitants of Gaza, who were suffering the violent Israeli attack, which has left 15,000 dead to date, according to the Palestinian authorities.
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