Relatives of Israelis released after being detained for nearly two months in Gaza have described how they were treated by the Islamist terrorist group.
Sitting on plastic chairs, frugally fed, but in rather good physical condition… While the Israeli hostages held by Hamas are freed thanks to the agreement concluded between the Islamist terrorist group and the Hebrew state, their conditions of detention in the Gaza Strip are becoming more and more clear.
Merav Raviv, whose aunt Ruth Munder, cousin Keren Munder and son Ohad were released on Friday, November 24, says Israel Times that they say they were fed pita bread and rice. Meals were irregular, she told The Associated Press (AP). She explains that her cousin and aunt each lost seven kilos during their 50 days of captivity.
“They told them to whisper”
“ When they had to go to the bathroom, they had to knock on the door», she adds, specifying that they “sometimes you had to wait an hour and a half to get there“. Their captors were armed but their faces were not hidden, Merav Raviv reported in an interview on Israeli television. His relatives, who have always been kept together, also assure that the Hamas members who monitored them threatened them by miming an incision on their bodies. throats.
“ They always told them to whisper“, assured the AP Yair Rotem, whose niece Hila, 12, was also released. “ I tell her again that she can raise her voice again.»The hostages were «in a tunnel», Details Eyal Nouri, nephew of Adina Moshe, 72 years old, released Friday. Her aunt had to get used to it again.in the light of day“, he assures, adding that “during her captivity she was disconnected from the outside world“.
Two hostages in critical condition
So much so that Adina Moshe did not know she was going to be released,”until she saw the Red Cross“. Many hostages also discovered the fate of their loved ones upon their release. Some learned that one of their own had been murdered during the October 7 attack. Others, like Yaffa Adar, 85, had the joy of once again hugging loved ones they thought were dead.
Released at the end of October, well before the truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, Yocheved Lipschitz, 85, described similar conditions of detention. She said she was held in tunnels under Gaza, eating pita bread, cheese and cucumbers and being treated well.
Most of the released hostages appear to be in good physical condition, despite indelible psychological trauma. Two, however, are in more serious condition: Alma Abraham, 84, who did not receive medical care during her captivity, and a young girl who was seen crossing the border on crutches.
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