Freed Hamas Hostages Share Terrifying Ordeal
Survivors Speak Out
Yocheved Lifshitz and Nurit Cooper, two hostages recently freed by Hamas, have finally broken their silence about their harrowing ordeal. Lifshitz, a frail 85-year-old grandmother, described being kidnapped by the Palestinian militant group as “going through hell.” The abduction took place on October 7 when gunmen on motorbikes broke into her home in the kibbutz Nir Oz. Lifshitz, along with her neighbor and friend Cooper, were released on Monday and have since been reunited with their families at a hospital in Tel Aviv.
Lifshitz’s grandson, Daniel, expressed his joy at her release, emphasizing the hope that others will also be freed soon. The community of Nir Oz has been devastated by the Hamas terror attack, with over a quarter of its residents dead or missing.
A Glimpse into the Devastation
Rows of houses in Nir Oz now stand empty and destroyed, a stark reminder of the brutal attack. Video footage shows the aftermath, with dried blood on beds and bullet holes in the walls. Lifshitz, one of the community’s founders, worked as a photographer and teacher, while Cooper was a long-term resident involved in early childhood education and the local paint factory.
Medical Conditions and Urgent Needs
Lifshitz and Cooper had been receiving medical care before their abduction. Lifshitz requires oxygen when she sleeps and suffers from severe back pain. Both women are now in “OK medical condition” according to the head nurse at Ichilov hospital, where they are currently staying.
The Plight of Remaining Hostages
While Lifshitz and Cooper have been freed, their husbands, along with more than 200 others, are still being held captive in Gaza. These hostages include individuals from various countries, including Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Germany, and Thailand. The international community is calling for their immediate release.
International Pressure and Urgent Action
The Israeli government is facing increasing pressure to secure the release of the remaining hostages. Meanwhile, Israel’s relentless bombardment of Gaza has led to widespread condemnation and public protests worldwide. The United States is actively involved in seeking a ceasefire and the release of hostages.
However, time is of the essence for the families of those still held captive. Daniel Lifshitz urges swift action, emphasizing the urgent need to bring all the hostages back home. The clock is ticking, and their liberation is now the top priority for everyone involved.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Read More of this Story at www.cnn.com – 2023-10-24 09:32:00
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