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Former Hostage Says She Was Kidnapped by Palestinian Civilians Who Sold Her to Hamas

An Israeli nurse who was abducted on October 7 has said she was kidnapped by Palestinian civilians who joined the terror attack, before selling her to Hamas.

Nili Margalit, 42, was taken from kibbutz Nir Oz during Hamas’s onslaught six months ago and was repatriated in a November truce between Israel and Hamas. She is one of the roughly 90 hostages who have since been freed.

Speaking to French media, she recalled her terrifying experience, in which she saw her home raided before she was kidnapped. “They exploded plates, turned the house upside down, and started a fire,” she told the magazine.

Two minutes later, the terrorists appeared in the bomb shelter built in her house. She hadn’t closed the door. “Those who barricaded themselves in the mamads [safety rooms] died because the terrorists shot through the doors and set them on fire,” she added.

She said she was covered in a sheet and driven in a golf cart to the border between Israel and Gaza before being transferred to a car, which took her to Khan Younis. Margalit said she noticed that those who had kidnapped her were jubilant as she was driven to Gaza and there were cheers in Khan Younis from crowds there.

“I saw elderly people, children taken hostage,” Margalit told the magazine. “The terrorists who captured me were civilians. They negotiated with Hamas to sell me. When they were paid, I was taken straight into a tunnel.” Once inside ‘lower Gaza’ - as she explained it was called to her by those holding her hostage - she was first taken to a room that had 30 residents from her kibbutz. (DM / VFI News)