A terrified Israeli family was surrounded by Hamas terrorists who used their teenage son as a pawn to execute their neighbors, before he and his mother were taken captive and killed.
The terrorists ordered 17-year-old Tomer Eliaz to go door-to-door at the Nahal Oz kibbutz, near the southern border of Israel and Gaza, telling its residents in Hebrew that it was “safe to open the door” during the attack of October 7. siege.
The terrorists then broke in and massacred everyone, while Eliaz was forced to witness the slaughter and even help search for those who were hiding.
After the surprise attack, Tomer and his mother Dikla Arava Eliaz, 50, were missing, but on Monday it was confirmed that they were both murdered.
Video broadcast live on Facebook by the terrorists shows the family huddled together as blood pours from the leg of 48-year-old father Noam Elyakim. Her eldest daughter, Dafna, sobs with her hand over her mouth, while stepmother Dikla cradles her youngest daughter, Ella Elyakim, 8, in her lap.
Both girls and their wounded father were taken captive by Hamas and their mother, Mayaan Zin, who was not present, was given harrowing photographs of them in captivity.
Tomer Eliaz, 17, was used as a pawn by Hamas terrorists hours before he and his mother were captured and killed.
Noam Elyakim, 48 (left), who was shot in the leg and taken hostage by Hamas monsters, and Dikla Arava Eliaz, 50 (right), who died in the sickening attack.
Pictured: Sister Dafna Elyakim, 15, and Ella Elyakim, 8, were taken hostage by Hamas on October 7 while staying with their father, his girlfriend and stepbrother Tomer when Hamas terrorists stormed his house.
It was Zin’s sister who sent him a photo of her 15-year-old daughter dressed in what appears to be pajamas, sitting dejectedly on a mattress in Gaza. The caption of the photo reads: “Wearing prayer clothes is better,” written in Arabic.
Another disturbing image shows his two children together but there is no sign of their father.
It is unclear how Zin’s sister found the photos and the condition of the girls, along with that of their missing father, is unknown as of Monday.
Speaking through a translator, Zin told DailyMail.com that his daughters were not supposed to spend the fateful weekend at their father’s house, but had been visiting for a celebration at the kibbutz. She said they were going to perform at a dance.
Zin, who lives in central Israel, said through tears during the near-midnight interview with DailyMail.com: ‘I have no idea what is happening there. I have no idea if they are being tortured, raped or something.”
She said the videos circulating on social media are “very extreme” and she has been trying to avoid watching them while she hopes and prays her daughters are still alive.
He said his youngest daughter, Ella, is only in third grade and his oldest, Dafna, is in high school in 10th grade.
‘They are happy and smiling children. They love to dance, sing and make art. They have many friends and would do anything for them.
She wants her daughters to know how much she loves them and is hopeful that they will return to her along with her ex-husband and her new family.
‘I must be strong for my family and my daughters because if they see any of these interviews it is important that they see that I am strong for them.’
“I’m waiting to hug them and kiss them,” he said.
She heard the horrible news early on the morning of October 7 when her sister called to tell her that her eldest daughter had been kidnapped by Hamas.
Zin said he immediately texted his ex. It was 9:16 in the morning, almost three hours after Hamas infiltrated the kibbutz and killed almost a hundred innocent civilians.
He said his children don’t like the sound of rockets being launched and asked his ex if his daughters were okay, not knowing they were being held by two armed terrorists in their home.
In the text, she asked, ‘was everything okay?’ and he answered, ‘No.’
He frantically tried to call his ex-partner’s girlfriend, Dikla, and her family on WhatsApp, but the messages could not be delivered.
She was then contacted by Dikla’s eldest son, who sent her a live broadcast on Facebook that was broadcast live by the terrorists inside the kibbutz minutes before the deadly massacre.
Amit Daniel, the translator, was stunned when she told DailyMail.com that they took Dikla’s son and “forced him to go out with them and knock on everyone at the kibbutz doors.”
“He’s a boy who’s only 17 years old,” he said.
‘They forced him to enter houses hiding in closets. In fact, in the video you can see how scared he was when he opened the closet and saw people being shot in front of him.’
Posters of Dafna and Ella Elyakim, kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on October 7
Pictured: Mother Mayaan Zin, 50, is frantic when her two daughters, Dafna, 15 (left) and her youngest daughter, Ella, 8, were taken hostage by Hamas.
Zin said watching the video was horrible.
There was a part where the terrorists were going through the house and demanded to know where the other family members who appeared in their photos were.
‘It was from my own family and others. I saw that one of my daughter’s hands were injured.’
He added: “My older son seems terrified and my younger son doesn’t understand what’s happening.”
Although he believes Israel is doing everything it can to free his daughters and the other 150 hostages, he said the last seven days have been unbearable and he has barely slept or eaten.
Dafna Elyakim, 15, who was taken hostage by Hamas terrorists after they broke into her family home in the Nahal Oz kibbutz on October 7.
Ella Elyakim, 8, who was taken hostage along with her older sister Dafna and father Noam by Hamas terrorists.
Dikla Arava Eliaz, 50, was killed by Hamas terrorists along with her son Tomer
Since Hamas terrorists infiltrated the kibbutz on October 7, nearly 200 civilians have been kidnapped from Israel to the Gaza Strip. His whereabouts remain unknown.
During the massacre, more than 1,400 Israelis were killed and more than 3,000 women, men and children, ranging in age from 3 months to 85 years, were wounded, killed, beaten, raped and brutally separated from their loved ones by Hamas.
During the excruciating wait to find out if her daughters are safe, Zin said she has joined all the other families whose loved ones were held captive.
“I am sure they will return. I demand it from the government and the country,” he said.
On Monday at 10:30 a.m. the funeral of Tomer and Dikla Eliaz was held in the square of the Kfar Maimon synagogue.