US Citizen Held Hostage by Hamas Identified as 3-Year-Old Abigail Edan
Identifying the Youngest American Hostage
The 3-year-old United States citizen being held hostage by Hamas has been identified as Abigail Edan, according to a family member.
Confirmation from Family Member
Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, the child’s great aunt, has confirmed that Abigail is the child mentioned by President Joe Biden in a recent call with the Emir of Qatar.
White House Statement
The White House has not released detailed information about the toddler. However, a White House official stated that Abigail is currently the youngest American hostage and the only known US minor child held captive.
The Tragic Incident
On October 7, Abigail’s father, Roy Edan, was holding her outside their home at Kibbutz Kfar Aza when Hamas terrorists initiated their attack, as reported by Naftali.
A Heartbreaking Loss
Naftali revealed that Abigail’s siblings witnessed their mother’s murder by Hamas terrorists within their home. They fled to their father, who was holding Abigail, only for him to be killed as well. The attack also claimed the life of Smadar Edan, Abigail’s mother.
A Frightening Ordeal
Naftali recounted the harrowing experience of Abigail’s siblings, aged 10 and 6, who sought refuge inside their home, hiding in a closet for over 12 hours. They believed their younger sister had perished until they received confirmation from a witness of the attack.
“Abigail survived the shooting and walked to her neighbors. The neighbors took her in, a husband and wife with three kids. They put her in the bomb shelter,” Naftali shared, according to a witness.
A Witness Account
According to Naftali, the witness informed the family that the husband was injured while defending the kibbutz. The witness also saw a terrorist taking the wife, their three children, and Abigail away from the home.
President Biden engaged in discussions with the Emir of Qatar regarding the conflict in Gaza and efforts to secure the release of all hostages.
Call for Immediate Release
“The two leaders agreed that all hostages must be released without further delay,” stated the White House in a readout of the call.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.
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