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Eitan Yahalomi, 12, with his mother in Ichilov hospital on November 27, 2023 after being released by Hamas in a truce agreement

Hamas Forced Hostage Kids to Watch Videos of October 7 Atrocities, Family Member Says

Hamas terrorists forced the children held in captivity to watch videos of the atrocities they carried out in Israel on October 7, the aunt of Eitan Yahalomi, 12, told French media following his release on Monday night, November 27.

Deborah Cohen described the conditions that her nephew endured throughout his 52 days in Hamas captivity. “When he arrived in Gaza, all of the residents, all of them, beat him up. He’s a 12-year-old child,” Cohen said, and added that “every time one of the children there cried, they threatened them with rifles to shut them up.”

“I wanted to hope that he was treated well, but it turns out he wasn’t, they’re monsters. Now that I know this I’m worried. His father is still there, and there are 160 people who have not yet returned.”

Recounting what she had been told by her nephew, Cohen added that “Hamas forced him to watch horror videos” of the terror group’s onslaught in southern Israel on October 7, when they killed at least 1,200 people and took some 240 hostages.

The videos Yahalomi said he was forced to watch were filmed by Hamas terrorists who documented their crimes in real-time. Some of the footage was captured on body cameras while other parts of it were filmed on the cell phones of both the terrorists and their victims and then streamed on social media. (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the hostages that were released so far. We continue to pray that You mediate in every relevant decision so that all remaining hostages will be freed. We hope they are all alive and pray for their healing after returning home to their loving families.”