Hamas, which claims to have some 200-250 captives, has launched the primary clip displaying an Israeli hostage being held by the Palestinian terror group within the Gaza Strip.
The terrorist organisation has held captive males, girls, youngsters, and foreigners within the coastal enclave after its large assault in southern Israel on October 7.
Within the video, launched by Hamas’s navy wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, a 21-year-old girl is seen being handled after she was wounded in her arm.
The younger girl recognized herself as Mia Schem and mentioned she is from Sderot which is a small metropolis in Israel close to the Gaza border.
Mia was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists together with a number of others from the desert rave in Kibbutz Re’im on October 7, the place the closely armed males from the Palestinian terror group killed greater than 260 festival-goers.
Speaking in digicam, Mia, in a minute-long video may be heard saying that she was operated on for 3 hours and that “I am being cared for, I am getting medications.”
“They’re caring for me, they’re treating me, they’re giving me medication. Everything is okay,” she mentioned.
“I’m only asking to be returned home as soon as possible, to my family, to my parents, to my siblings. Please get us out of here as soon as possible,” Mia mentioned.
In a primary official proof of life, Hamas releases video of 21 12 months previous Mia Schem who was kidnapped from the Supernova competition. Mia says she is at present in #Gaza the place they operated on her hand for 3 hrs & she is okay. She solely asks that she get again residence. https://t.co/RtuDDUmjkK pic.twitter.com/PrxYtsE2mp
— Hostage Assist Worldwide (@HostageAid) October 16, 2023
Her household reacted to the clip, saying: “We’re happy.”
Based on a report by The Occasions of Israel, Mia is a twin Israeli-French citizen and he or she appeared to have been singled out by Hamas as the phobia group appears to need worldwide audiences to assume that it’s not harming overseas nationals.
The Israel Protection Forces (IDF) mentioned her household was notified final week that she was being held in Gaza.
The IDF mentioned within the video printed by Hamas, the phobia group “attempt to painting themselves as humane. Nevertheless, they’re a horrific terrorist organisation accountable for the murders and abduction of infants, girls, youngsters and the aged.”
“At this time, we are deploying all intelligence and operational measures for the return of all hostages—including Mia,” IDF mentioned.
Final week, Mia was kidnapped by Hamas.
IDF officers have since knowledgeable Mia’s household and are in steady contact with them.
Within the video printed by Hamas, they attempt to painting themselves as humane. Nevertheless, they’re a horrorific terrorist group accountable for the…
— Israel Protection Forces (@IDF) October 16, 2023
The video was launched by Hamas as its navy spokesman Abu Obeida mentioned there was no definitive depend of the variety of prisoners as a consequence of “security and practical difficulties,” however mentioned there have been 200-250 in Gaza and that 200 of them have been within the palms of Hamas.
In a televised assertion, Obeida mentioned about 50 others have been held by different “resistance factions and in other places.”
International hostages are “our guests,” Abu Obeida claimed, vowing to guard them and to launch them at any time when situations “on the ground” enable for it.
Obeida mentioned the specter of an Israeli floor operation in Gaza “doesn’t scare us and we are ready for it.”
He additionally named an Israeli hostage allegedly killed in an Israeli bombing in the previous couple of hours.
With inputs from businesses