Hamas released video Monday showing three women taken hostage during the terror group’s Oct. 7 invasion of Israel and proposed a trade.
The footage shows a trio of abductees seated against a white wall; it’s unclear when the video was taken. Daniel Aloni, identified by CBS News as the hostage seated in the middle, emotionally addressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for the release of more than 6,000 Hamas prisoners being held in Israel.
“You promised to free us all,” Aloni said. “Instead we bear your political and military failure.”
The prime minister’s office identified the other captives with Aloni as Yelena Trupanov and Ramon Kirsht and called the video “cruel psychological propaganda.”
Concern for more than 230 hostages Israel said were abducted from their homeland and brought to Gaza continues to heighten as Israeli Defense Forces intensify bombardments against their southern neighbor.
“Do you want to kill us all with an army?” Aloni asked.
Hamas claims Israeli forces killed 50 of its own people with aerial bombardments since terrorists stormed over the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. That incursion led to the abduction of hundreds of Israelis and left 1,400 people dead, according to Israeli officials.
The Israeli Defense Force said on social media Monday that a female soldier taken captive was freed from Hamas and vowed to “make every effort to bring about the release of the abductees.”
Aloni was kidnapped along with her daughter, who is not seen on the video released Monday, according to CBS News.
“Release their prisoners,” she pleaded to Netanyahu. “Set us all free. Let us return to our families!”
Hamas has so far released four female hostages. Attacks on the terror network strongholds continued to intensify Monday as Israel engaged in what it’s calling the “second stage” of its initiative against Hamas. Netanyahu said Monday “this is a time for war” and rejected all talk of a ceasefire.
With News Wire Services