Two American hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip since the terrorist organization’s deadly cross-border invasion of southern Israel on October 7 that resulted in 1,400 deaths and more than 200 hostages were freed on Friday night.
A mother and daughter were released, according to Hamas, “for humanitarian reasons… to demonstrate to the American people and the world that the claims made by [U.S.] President Joe Biden and his fascist government are unfounded and dishonest.
203 families have been notified by the Israel Defense Forces that their loved ones have been abducted and transported to Gaza.
However, the military also emphasized that, because of the complexity of the circumstances, some people may have actually been killed.
Around 20 to 30 minors and 10 to 20 elderly people over the age of 60 are among the abducted.
Along with Israelis, hostages come from eight or nine other nations. Hamas allegedly published a video on Monday that showed one of the Israelis who had been kidnapped. “Hello, my name is Mia Shem, and I’m from Shoham. I’m now in Gaza. I left for Sderot early on Saturday morning to attend a party.
The woman cries out to Israel, “Get me out of here as soon as you can. I was seriously hurt in my hand.”
Shem was abducted while attending a music festival in the desert next to Kibbutz Re’im, where Hamas shooters also slaughtered at least 260 festival attendees.
Families of the prisoners have voiced their outrage over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance on Wednesday of water, food, and medicine deliveries to Gaza through Egypt.