Hamas video of elderly Israeli hostages shocks family members


Family members of two hostages who appeared in a brief video released by Hamas have told Israeli media that the health of their elderly loved ones appears to have declined during their captivity in Gaza.

Hamas’ military wing, the Qassam Brigades, released the short clip on Monday showing Chaim Peri, 79 seated alongside Yoram Metzger, 80, and Amiram Cooper, 84.

The three were abducted from Kibbutz Nir Oz near the border with Gaza during the Palestinian militant group’s brazen attack on October 7.

In a short message, Peri pleads for Israel to secure their unconditional release, and speaks of their suffering and fear of the airstrikes in Gaza. The video displays a caption that reads: “Do not discard me in my old age.”

CNN has been unable to independently verify when or where the footage was shot, or the condition of the captives at the time.

Rani Metzger, Yoram Metzger’s son, told Channel 11: “It’s hard to see him now, it’s about time to bring them back home.”

He said his father looked old and unkempt and that he and the other kibbutz members “do not look in good shape.”

“I think it should be understood that we don’t have a lot of time left. Everything should be done in order to return them,” Metzger said.

Peri’s grandson, Mai Albini told N12 that he had not watched the video but was aware that his grandfather was “in a very bad shape and seems to be withering in captivity.”

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An Israeli soldier stands in an armored vehicle near the Lebanon border on October 23.

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Khaled Joudeh mourns his young sister, Misq, at the morgue at Deir Al-Balah hospital in Gaza on October 22.

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Pictures of over 1,000 people abducted, missing or killed in the Hamas attack are displayed on empty seats in the Smolarz Auditorium at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 22.

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Palestinians look for survivors after an Israeli airstrike in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, on October 22.

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Relatives mourn for a man killed by Hamas during his funeral in Nir Oz, Israel, on October 22.

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Injured civilians are recovered from the rubble of a destroyed house following Israeli air strikes near a UNRWA school housing displaced people in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Saturday, October 21.

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A photo hangs on a refrigerator dotted with bullet holes in a home in Kibbutz Kissufim, Israel, on October 21.

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An aerial view of residential buildings destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in Zahra City, Gaza, on October 21.

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Relatives mourn for a family killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on October 21.

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Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter Gaza from Egypt at the Rafah border crossing on October 21.

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Relatives of hostages speak to the media during the “Lighting up the Light” campaign for the return of those held captive, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 21.

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Palestinians inspect a destroyed area following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on October 21.

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Children use candles for lighting in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Friday, October 20.

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Muslim Palestinians take part in Friday noon prayers as Israeli police look on in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, on October 20.

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Women grieve at an event for the families of Israelis who are missing or being held hostage in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 20.

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Civil defense teams and residents continue search and rescue efforts at a Greek Orthodox church after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on October 20.

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A Palestinian woman mourns over the bodies of her relatives who were killed an Israeli airstrike that hit a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City on October 20.

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Rockets are fired from Gaza toward Israel on Thursday, October 19.

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Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets soldiers in a field near Israel’s border with Gaza on October 19. Gallant told the soldiers, “You see Gaza now from a distance, you will soon see it from inside.”

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Friends and relatives of Ofir Libstein, who served as head of the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council and died during the Kibbutz Kfar Aza attack, mourn at his funeral in Even Yehuda, Israel, on Wednesday, October 18.

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A woman mourns over a dead man at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Gaza City on October 18.

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A Palestinian man inspects a destroyed house belonging to the Al-Jazzar family after an airstrike in Rafah, Gaza, on October 18.

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Photographs of people taken hostage by Hamas are seen in Tel Aviv on October 18.

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People mourn a family during a funeral in Hod HaSharon, Israel, on October 18.

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Israeli security inspects debris from a rocket in Kiryat Shmona, Israel, on October 18.

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From left, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US President Joe Biden join Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials as they wait for the start of the Israeli war cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on October 18.

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A view shows the aftermath of a deadly blast that struck Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza City on October 18. Palestinian officials blamed ongoing Israeli airstrikes for the incident, while a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces said a Palestinian Islamic Jihad group is responsible for a “failed rocket launch” that hit the hospital.

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President Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu after arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on October 18.

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Wounded Palestinians sit on the floor at the Al-Shifa Hospital after being transported from the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital following a blast there on Tuesday, October 17.

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Israeli security forces inspect a damaged residential building after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza in Sderot, Israel on October 17.

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A bakery prepares rations of bread to pass out to displaced Palestinians in the Rafah refugee camp, in southern Gaza, on October 17.

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People lay wreaths during a funeral for the Israeli Kutz family in Gan-Yavne, Israel on October 17. The family of five were murdered in their home by Palestinian militants who infiltrated the Israeli Kibbutz of Kfar Aza last week.

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Civil defense members and residents conduct search and rescue operations amid destroyed buildings after an Israeli attack in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Tuesday, October 17,

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Aid supplies are seen in North Sinai, Egypt on October 16.

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Street vendors work on a darkened street without power in Khan Younis, Gaza, on October 16.

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Palestinians wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in Gaza on October 16.

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People hold Israeli flags as friends and family mourn Dor Reder at his funeral in Beit Kama, southern Israel, on October 16.

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Palestinians carry a person wounded in Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Monday, October 16.

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People prepare to board a ship that will transport US nationals and their immediate family members from Haifa, Israel, to Cyprus on October 16.

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The remains of a Palestinian house destroyed in Israeli strikes in central Gaza on October 15.

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Israeli army soldiers patrol at an undisclosed position in northern Israel near the border with Lebanon on October 15.

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People carry children as they flee following an Israeli strike on Rafah in southern Gaza on Sunday, October 15.

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Antonio Macías’ mother cries over her son’s body at Pardes Haim cemetery in Kfar Saba, Israel, on October 15. Macías was killed by Hamas at an Israeli music festival earlier this month.

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Palestinians collect water from a tap on October 15 after Israel blocked supplies of electricity, food, water and fuel to Gaza.

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Israeli army Puma armored personnel carriers move in a column near the Gaza border in southern Israel on October 14.

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People react at the site of an Israeli airstrike in Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Saturday, October 14.

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Eli Albag cries over the photograph of his daughter Liri, as he gathers with others during a protest demanding the release of more than 100 Israelis who were abducted during last week’s Hamas attack, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 14.

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Leaflets dropped from Israeli army planes fall over Gaza City on Friday, October 13.

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An Israeli soldier looks inside a house that was overrun by Hamas militants in Be’eri, Israel, on October 13.

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Palestinians rescue a wounded man from the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza, on October 13.

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Israeli artillery fires on the Israel-Gaza border on October 13.

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Israelis take cover after hearing warning sirens of incoming rockets fired from Gaza in Rehovot, Israel, on October 13.

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On October 13, doctors at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza, examine children injured in Israeli attacks.

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A Palestinian child is injured during bombing in Gaza on October 13.

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Palestinians flee from northern Gaza to the south after the Israeli army issued an evacuation warning to seek refuge in the south, on October 13.

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Mourners attend the funeral of Israeli soldier Abraham Cohen at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on Thursday, October 12.

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Israeli soldiers patrol near Kibbutz Be’eri, Israel, on October 12.

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Family members of Valentin Ghnassia react during his funeral ceremony at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem on October 12. Ghnassia was killed in a battle with Hamas militants in Be’eri, Israel.

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An Israeli soldier patrols near the Nova music festival grounds near Be’eri, Israel, on October 12.

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An Israeli military helicopter flies near the border between Gaza and Sderot, Israel, on October 12.

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Palestinians seek shelter in Khan Younis, Gaza, after a house next door was hit by an Israeli airstrike on October 12.

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A morgue worker arranges body bags at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on October 12.

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Smoke plumes billow during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on October 12.

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A Palestinian woman covered in dust and dirt carries a child in Gaza City on October 12.

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An Israeli soldier walks by a house destroyed by Hamas militants in Kibbutz Be’eri on Wednesday, October 11.

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An Israeli army self-propelled howitzer fires rounds near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 11.

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People carry bodies of Palestinians killed during an Israeli airstrike prior to their burial in Khan Younis, Gaza, on October 11.

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An aerial view of buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes at the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza City on October 11.

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Mourners react beside the body of Mapal Adam during her funeral in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 11.

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Palestinians run from Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis, Gaza, on October 11.

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Israeli soldiers load donated food into the back of a military vehicle in Sderot, Israel, on October 11.

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A mourner reacts while burying a child from the al-Agha family, who were killed in Israeli strikes in Khan Younis, Gaza, on October 11.

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Itzik and Miriam Shafir, center, mourn during their son’s funeral at a cemetery in Modiin Maccabim, Israel, on October 11. Their son, Dor Shafir, and his girlfriend, Savion Kiper, were killed during Hamas’ attack on a music festival on Saturday.

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A boy carries salvaged belongings from the wreckage of his family’s home in Khan Younis, Gaza, on October 11.

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Smoke rises after Israeli strikes on the seaport of Gaza City on Tuesday, October 10.

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Israeli soldiers carry a body on October 10 in Kfar Aza, a village in Israel just across the border from Gaza. Hamas militants carried out a “massacre” in Kfar Aza during their attacks over the weekend, the Israel Defense Forces told CNN.

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Palestinians mourn during the funeral of a relative killed in an Israeli strike, in Gaza City on October 10.

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People mourn at the grave of Eden Guez during her funeral in Ashkelon, Israel, on October 10. She was killed as she attended a music festival that was attacked by terrorists from Gaza. Israeli officials counted at least 260 bodies at the Nova Festival.

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Israeli soldiers take position in Kfar Aza near the border with Gaza on October 10.

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Palestinians rescue a young girl from the rubble of a destroyed residential building following an Israeli airstrike on October 10.

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Stranded travelers wait to be booked on a flight at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv on October 10.

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Palestinians walk amid the rubble following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on October 10.

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Israelis in Ashkelon take cover in a shelter as a siren sounds a warning of incoming rockets on October 10.

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People gather around the bodies of two Palestinian reporters, Mohammed Soboh and Said al-Tawil, who were killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on October 10.

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Israelis mourn as they attend the funeral of Israel Defense Forces soldier Noam Elimeleh Rothenberg at Mount Herzel Cemetery in Jerusalem, on October 10.

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A Palestinian man reacts as he carries the body of his cousin who was pulled from the rubble after Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Monday, October 9.

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A family takes shelter at a neighbor’s house after their home was damaged in an Israeli airstrike in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza on October 9.

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Children run for cover as bombs fall near the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on October 9.

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A photo from a wedding is seen on the ground of a building in Ashkelon that was hit by rockets from Gaza on October 9.

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People take shelter in Jerusalem on October 9.

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The ruins of the Yassin mosque are seen in the Shati refugee camp just outside Gaza City on October 9.

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Friends and relatives of Ilai Bar Sade mourn next to his grave during his funeral at a military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 9.

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Six-month-old Sama Alwadia is rescued from the rubble in Gaza City on October 9. Though the child had survived the initial strike, she died later while being treated for her injuries.

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Lightning strikes over Gaza City following an Israeli bombardment on October 9.

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Israeli soldiers take position near the border between Gaza and Israel on October 9.

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A Palestinian man mourns over the body of his nephew killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on October 9.

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Israeli security and emergency officials respond after a rocket landed in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit, in the occupied West Bank, on October 9.

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Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli airstrike on the Sousi mosque in Gaza City on October 9.

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Israeli soldiers work on a tank at the border between Israel and Gaza on October 9.

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Palestinians remove a body from the rubble of a building after an Israeli airstrike on the Jebaliya refugee camp in Gaza on October 9.

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A plume of smoke rises in the sky over Gaza City during an Israeli airstrike on October 9.

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The mother of Israeli Col. Roi Levy cries during her son’s funeral at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on October 9.

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Palestinians inspect damage from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp on October 9.

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An injured Palestinian child is pictured in the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes at al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza on October 9.

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Israelis view a damaged residential building in Ashkelon after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on October 9.

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Tali Touito reacts as she describes how Hamas gunmen attacked and took over the police station on her street, in Sderot, Israel, on Sunday, October 8.

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Fire and smoke rise from Gaza City following an Israeli airstrike on October 8.

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A relative of an Israeli missing since the attacks is overcome by emotion during a press conference in Ramat Gan, Israel, on October 8.

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Palestinians inspect a mosque destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis, Gaza, on October 8.

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An Israeli soldier prays standing in front of a tank on the outskirts of the northern town of Kiryat Shmona on October 8.

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Israelis inspect the rubble of a building in Tel Aviv on October 8, a day after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza.

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Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from Gaza on October 8.

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Palestinians search the rubble of a home in Khan Younis that was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes on October 8.

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Palestinian citizens inspect damage to their homes caused by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on October 8.

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Rockets launched from Gaza are intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system on October 8.

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Palestinian children look toward the sky at the sound of airstrikes at a United Nations-run school in Gaza on Saturday, October 7.

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A woman runs to her family’s reinforced concrete shelter moments after rocket sirens sounded in Ashkelon on October 7.

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From the window of his family’s apartment, a man surveys damage from a rocket that struck a parking lot in Ashkelon on October 7.

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Palestinians gather around an Israeli army vehicle that Palestinian militants drove from Israel into Gaza on October 7.

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Palestinians break into the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, after gunmen infiltrated parts of southern Israel on October 7.

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Police officers evacuate a woman and a child from a site hit by a rocket in Ashkelon on October 7.

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Israeli police take cover in Ashkelon as sirens wail while rockets are fired from Gaza into Israel on October 7.

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Smoke rises over Gaza during Israeli airstrikes on October 7.

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An Israeli woman reacts over the body of her relative who was killed in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on October 7.

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Children are seen in a damaged house in Gaza after Israeli airstrikes on October 7.

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Vehicles in Ashkelon burn as rockets are launched from Gaza on October 7.

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A man in Ashkelon runs after rockets were launched from Gaza on October 7.

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Israelis donate blood in Jerusalem on October 7.

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Palestinians inspect a destroyed building as emergency responders try to contain fires after Israeli jets bombed Gaza on October 7.

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Outside of a hospital in Gaza, men sit next to the covered body of a Palestinian militant killed during Saturday’s clashes.

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Relatives of Palestinians killed on Saturday, October 7, mourn at the morgue of a hospital in Gaza.

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An Israeli soldier stands by the bodies of Israelis killed by Palestinian militants in Sderot on October 7.

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A woman stands in a room damaged by rockets in Ashkelon on October 7.

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A building in Tel Aviv is ablaze Saturday, October 7, following rocket attacks from Gaza.

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Smoke rises as the clashes between Palestinian groups and Israeli forces continue on the streets of Beit Hanun in Gaza on October 7.

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People take cover in a bomb shelter in Rishon Lezion, Israel, as rockets are launched from Gaza on October 7.

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Rockets are fired toward Israel from Gaza on October 7.

A spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) called the footage a “criminal terror video.”

“Chaim, Yoram and Amiram – I hope you’re able to hear me this evening. Know that we’re doing everything, everything, in order to return you safely. Some of your family members are already home, and we will not rest until you are back as well,” Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said in his daily press briefing.

Hagari said the video “reflects Hamas’s cruelty against elderly and innocent civilians, in need for medical treatment.”

“The world must act to transfer medical equipment and ensure the condition of hostages,” he added.

Nir Oz kibbutz was one of several kibbutzim, or small farming communities, that bore the brunt of Hamas’ assault 10 weeks ago. In a statement, the kibbutz said any sign of life was appreciated but time was running out.

“The immediate release of all those abducted, through any potential negotiation avenue, is urgently required. Each passing day exacerbates their situation. Recent events sadly illustrate that the hostages’ situation is deteriorating with each passing day, particularly for older individuals,” the statement added.

The video follows the accidental shooting of three hostages by the Israeli military on Friday, which prompted fresh demonstrations by the families of hostages demanding their immediate release.

It also comes at a highly sensitive moment. US, Qatari and Israeli officials have been meeting in Europe to discuss the possibility of a new truce in Gaza in exchange for the release of more hostages. Last month, 105 people were freed by Hamas during a week-long truce with Israel.

Hamas has made it clear no more hostages will be released until there is a ceasefire.

But as diplomatic efforts continue, the humanitarian crisis in the beseiged strip worsens with each day. More than 19,600 people have been killed by Israeli military action in Gaza since October 7, and more than 52,000 wounded, according to the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, much of northern Gaza has been decimated by airstrikes and, according to the United Nations, almost 1.9 million people — more than 80% of the enclave’s population — have been displaced.



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