23 May 2024, 09:16
Update : 23 May 2024, 09:46

Families forum release video of Israeli women troops being seized on Oct 7

JERUSALEM, May 23, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - An Israeli campaign group on Wednesday
released footage of five Israeli female soldiers being captured by
Palestinian militants from a military base during Hamas's October 7 attack,
after their families gave permission.

The three-minute clip showed the women sitting on the ground, some with blood
on their faces, with their hands tied following their capture from the Nahal
Oz base in southern Israel.

The footage was taken from a two-hour video filmed on a body camera by Hamas
militants during the attack, the campaign group the Hostage and Missing
Families Forum said in a statement.

"The footage reveals the violent, humiliating, and traumatising treatment the
girls endured on the day of their abduction, their eyes filled with raw
terror," the forum said as it released the footage to the media.

Towards the end of the clip, the women are seen being taken away by militants
in a military jeep amid screams.

"It's time to act, otherwise the blood of my sister and other hostages will
be on the hands" of the Israeli authorities, Sasha Ariev, sister of one of
the seized soldiers, told AFP.

"Everyone has now seen these young girls taken captive in their pyjamas...
the only victory is to bring them back quickly and alive."

After the base was stormed by Hamas militants on October 7, more than 50
Israeli soldiers were killed in the attack, 15 of whom were women.

Seven female soldiers were taken hostage and one has since been freed in an
Israeli military operation, while the body of another was found and brought
to Israel.

Hamas said the video footage was "manipulated" with a selection of images
aimed at supporting "false allegations" to "tarnish the image of the

Some of the soldiers were bleeding or sustained minor injuries, "but there
was no physical aggression against any of them", the Palestinian Islamist
movement said in a statement.

- 'Never again' -

Hamas's unprecedented attack on October 7 resulted in the deaths of more than
1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official

Militants also took 252 hostages, 124 of whom remain in Gaza, including 37
the army says are dead.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under intense pressure
from the families of the hostages to negotiate the return of their loved ones
from Gaza.

Netanyahu vowed in a statement on Wednesday to continue fighting Hamas to
"ensure what we have seen tonight never happens again".

His office later said that the war cabinet had asked the Israeli negotiating
team "to continue negotiations for the return of the hostages".

Israel's retaliatory offensive has killed at least 35,709 people in Gaza,
most of them civilians, according to the Hamas-run territory's health

The Israeli military says 287 soldiers have been killed in Gaza since the
start of its ground offensive on October 27.

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