A mother has shared the last heartbreaking conversation she had with her 12-year-old daughter before, they believe, she was kidnapped by Hamas on Saturday.
Galit Dan, 53, was hiding in a panic room five miles away when his daughter Noya sent a voice message: “Mom, I’m scared. There are people in the house, help me.
Noya hid in the darkness at her grandmother Carmela’s house, silently texting each other as explosions erupted around Kibbutz Nir Oz on Saturday morning.
They disappeared after Noya sent a panic message and were reportedly brought back to the Gaza Strip by Hamas militants, including 150-no more hostages.
Carmela, right, was with her granddaughter, left, when Hamas struck Israel on Saturday.
Galit Dan (right) said his daughter (left) was kidnapped by Hamas from Kibbutz Kisufim.
Inon Ilan, whose 12-year-old daughter, Noya, was reportedly captured by Hamas
Noya’s mother managed to wait safely with her husband – Noya’s stepfather – and daughter Tomal in their home on Kibbutz Kissufim.
After 10 p.m., the family was evacuated to a hotel on the Dead Sea.
Ms Dan said The sun Monday: “The pain is indescribable. My little girl went to sleep at her grandmother’s house and was sending us messages while these animals came to get them.
“Our best hope now is that they were kidnapped and somehow survive.”
“I am living every parent’s nightmare: every parent in the world will feel our pain.”
Ms Dan told The Sun her daughter had autism and was extremely sensitive.
She described her daughter as a “very sweet, very funny and very intelligent little girl.”
She said her grandmother Carmela was “vulnerable herself”, aged 80.
“What do they hope to achieve by doing this to innocent, defenseless people? » she asked Hamas.
Hamas is the de facto governing authority in Gaza, a Palestinian enclave.
On Saturday morning, the group’s militant wing, the Al Qassam Brigades, launched a surprise incursion into Israel.
Shocking footage showed members of the group paragliding into a trance festival and opening fire on participants.
More than 260 people are believed to have died in the attack, with many more missing and feared taken hostage.
Some 150 people were reportedly taken hostage by the group, and footage shows some of them being taken back to Gaza on golf carts and in trucks.
Flames and smoke rise after an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis, Gaza, October 11, 2023.
Smoke rises after Israeli strikes on the seaport of Gaza City, Gaza, October 10, 2023
At least 900 Palestinians have been killed in ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza Health Ministry on Tuesday. Pictured: Following Israeli strike on ship in Gaza port
Palestinians walk among the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
Smoke rises and a ball of fire above a building in Gaza City, October 9, 2023.
Hamas continued to launch strikes across Israel. With little incentive for de-escalation, observers fear that the clashes will continue.
Thomas Helm, Jerusalem correspondent The Nationaltold MailOnline from Jerusalem on Saturday: “It really depends on what Hamas wants to get out of it.
“I have heard comments from Hamas officials that ‘we now have enough hostages to free every Palestinian prisoner in prisoner exchanges’.”
He added: “The surest way to recover hostages is to exchange prisoners, but do you want to exchange prisoners en masse at a time like this? ” Probably not.’
In response to Hamas’ Operation Al Aqsa Flood campaign, Israel responded in kind by relentlessly bombing the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu vowed to turn the city “into rubble” in revenge for the attacks.
Israeli strikes have devastated civilian areas – as well as Gaza’s largest refugee camp.
On Tuesday, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said: “The focus is on damage, not accuracy. »
Israel on Monday ordered a “full siege” of Gaza, which will restrict the flow of electricity, food, fuel and medicine to Gazan civilians.
Hamas responded by saying it would execute a hostage and post the footage online whenever an Israeli airstrike hits civilian homes without warning.
Israeli forces extract the bodies of Israeli residents from a destroyed house as fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas Islamist militants continues, October 10, 2023.
A woman searches in the trunk of her car after it was hit by a rocket a day earlier on October 10, 2023 in Ashkelon, Israel.
A house burned after an attack by Palestinian militants on a kibbutz near the border with Gaza on October 10, 2023 in Kfar Gaza, Israel
A man walks past destroyed cars that were attacked by Palestinian militants on October 10, 2023 in Kfar Aza, Israel.
Rights groups and charities have filed suit against Israel and Hamas for their actions – Hamas for taking hostages and brutally killing civilians, and Israel for indiscriminately firing into civilian areas in Gaza .
Mustafa Tamaizeh, Oxfam’s acting country director in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, said on Tuesday: “Oxfam is horrified by the recent attacks. Violence never opens the way to peace. The international community must use all diplomatic tools at its disposal to obtain an immediate ceasefire.
“The decision to implement a “total siege” by the Israeli government, in addition to the ongoing blockade, will further deprive civilians in Gaza of essential goods such as food, water and electricity.
“This constitutes collective punishment against a population which takes no responsibility for the violence and is illegal under international law. This will not contribute to peace and security, but will further fan the flames of this crisis.
Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, said: “The deliberate killings of civilians, hostage-taking and collective punishment are heinous crimes that have no justification.
“The illegal attacks and systematic repression that have bogged down the region for decades will continue unless human rights and accountability are respected.