Video: Three Israeli captives slam Israel’s response to their crisis

Ahram Online , Sherry El Gergawi , Monday 30 Oct 2023

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, released a video in which three Israeli women held by the group in the Gaza Strip criticize Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for their response to the captives crisis.

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The captive women are seen in the 76-second-long video sitting on plastic chairs against a white tile wall, rebuking Benjamin Netanyahu and accusing him of failing to prevent the major offensive led by Hamas on  7 October.

One of them speaks angrily in Hebrew, saying "Return us now! … Netanyahu has failed both politically and militarily, and we demand the immediate release of all prisoners."

"Just the day before yesterday, there were discussions about a ceasefire and the release of everyone, but Netanyahu backtracked."

The other two sitting on either side of her remain silent.

Hamas captured around 240 people during the Al-Aqsa flood operation and said that they would release them in return for the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Netanyahu responded in comments released by his office soon after the video was released saying, "This is cruel psychological propaganda by Hamas."

He also identified the three women as Yelena Trupanob, Daniel Aloni, and Rimon Kirsht, and vowed "to bring all the captives and missing people home."

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