Horrifying video shows the moment an Israeli mother and her two young sons are snatched from their home near the Gaza border by Hamas terrorists before disappearing.
Shiri Silberman-Bibas, 30, was hiding in a secure room with her husband Yarden and their children Kfir, nine months, and Ariel, three, in Kibbutz Nahal Oz when Israel was invaded by the militants on Saturday.
Armed with just a small pistol, Yarden hoped to defend his family as villages were attacked – in an attack that saw hundreds of Israelis killed and more than 100 taken hostage.
There has been no news of the family since and Shiri’s parents, Yosi and Margit Silberman, who are in their sixties, are also missing and may have been kidnapped.
Shiri Silberman-Bibas, 30, was allegedly kidnapped along with nine-month-old Kfir and three-year-old Ariel.
Supporters of Israel at a vigil outside Downing Street in London held up photos of the mother and her boys being kidnapped, with a sign demanding: “Let the children go.”
Mother appears to plead with campaigners as she desperately clings to her two young sons
Images posted on social media showing Shiri sobbing as she and her children were taken away by the activists have sparked anxiety.
Footage posted on social media showing Shiri sobbing as she and her children were taken away by the militants has sparked anguish in the Jewish community around the world.
The mother’s expression of terror and images of her sons were used by protesters to show the horror inflicted by Hamas.
At a vigil outside Downing Street in London, Israel supporters held up photos of the mother and her boys being kidnapped, with a sign pleading: “Let the children go.”
Shiri’s niece, Yifat Zailer, who spoke to the New York Times, said she would not rest until her loved ones returned home.
“I just hope they are alive and together. And I want them home, with me, so I can hold them tight again,” she said.
“We think those responsible don’t know what to do, because this is a situation we have never faced before. This is the feeling in Israel,” she added. ‘It’s a catastrophe.’
Around 150 Israelis, including many civilians, are believed to have been kidnapped by the militants in the bloodiest incursion into Israeli territory in its 50-year history.
Footage showed terrified children, mothers and elderly people being loaded into vehicles by heavily armed men before being taken to Gaza.
Two Britons are feared to be among those detained after the terror group launched its bloody surprise attack.
The group has now announced that it will execute the hostages one by one in retaliation for any further Israeli bombing of civilian homes without prior warning.
Pro-Israeli demonstrators protest during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, near Downing Street in London
Abu Obaida, spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, the IQB, said they had acted in accordance with Islamic instructions in ensuring the safety of Israeli captives.
He blamed the planned move on intensified bombings and killings of civilians inside their homes in airstrikes without warning them.
“We have decided to put an end to this and declare now that any attack on our citizens in their homes without prior warning will unfortunately result in the execution of any of the civilian hostages we are holding,” he said. declared.
Gaza City was devastated today by airstrikes in response to the surprise attack launched by Hamas on Saturday.
Israel today ordered a “full siege” of the city, cutting off electricity, fuel and food to the Gaza Strip’s 2.3 million residents.