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Mother of Hostage Victim Pleads with International Community to Pressure Hamas

Simona Steinbrecher had no information about her youngest daughter, Doron, for more than 100 days after Hamas kidnapped her from Kibbutz Kfar Aza on the morning of October 7. The last message Simona received from Doron was a WhatsApp voice note in which she mentioned that the terrorists had taken her.

After 107 days of captivity, on January 26, Hamas released a video featuring Doron and two other hostages, Daniella Gilboa and Karina Ariev. The video was edited together, and the women asked the Israeli government to bring them back home.

According to Simona, Doron has a serious hormonal health issue and needs to have medicine every day. “I can see from how she looks in the video that they didn’t give her the medicine,” Simona said.

Simona relayed the story of returned hostage Amit Soussana, who recounted sexual assault while in captivity, a thought that terrifies Doron’s mother. Amit shared with the world that while in Gaza, she was held alone, chained up in darkness, and forced to commit sexual acts for her Hamas captor.

“What else does the world need to know?” asked Simona. “Why do they say it [sexual assault] is not happening there, when the women who are coming back tell us that it happened? The whole world should cry about it and do everything to stop this!” exclaimed Simona, an incredibly strong and courageous woman whose feelings are beyond description. (JPost / VFI News)

“Lord, we pray for all the hostages, as well as for their families who have been tormented daily while waiting for their release. We pray for the immediate reunion of every hostage with their loving family in Yeshua’s name, and we hope that they will heal soon from all the emotional and physical wounds the terrorists have inflicted on them.”