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Hannah Katzir, one of the hostages released by Hamas back to Israel on Friday night

Released Hostages Speak of Experiences in Gaza, Worries of Last-Minute Attacks

Following the release of 13 Israelis from Hamas captivity on Saturday night, November 25, Israeli media spoke with the families of those who returned, to hear the stories their relatives have brought back from their time in Gaza.

The families were given time to meet their loved ones immediately following their return to Israeli soil. They reported that they had not been tortured or physically abused, although the amount of food they had been given was minimal and they were often left to cook the food themselves as well as for the children they were with.

They said how their final two weeks had seen supplies running low, often leaving them with only a little more than pita and small amounts of rice to eat.

Merav Mor Munder, the cousin of Keren Munder who was released on Friday, said that Hannah Katzir, who was also released, learned of her son’s murder on one of the few occasions they would be permitted to listen to Israeli radio.

Some of the hostages also spoke of their worry about last-minute attempts by Hamas or Gazans, who had thrown stones at the vehicle taking them to Egypt, to attack them before they got home. “Until the last moment we weren’t sure,” a hostage said, “We thought they would lynch us on the way to Israel.” (JPost / VFI News)

“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.” - Psalm 25:15