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Hamas releases first video of a hostage taken to Gaza | CNN

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The brief video clip reveals Mia Schem mendacity on a mattress, her proper arm being bandaged by somebody out of the body. An extended, recent scar is clearly seen.

Schem, a 21-year-old French-Israeli lady, is being held hostage by the militant group Hamas within the Gaza Strip. The video launched by Hamas on Monday is the primary footage of any of the handfuls of individuals held within the enclave.

Talking into the digicam, Schem, who seems to be pale, however is sitting up straight together with her head held excessive, says she was injured and brought to Gaza, then pleads to be returned to her household.

As she speaks, loud rumbling could be heard within the background.

Chatting with reporters on Tuesday in Tel Aviv, Schem’s mom urged the federal government and world leaders to carry her daughter again house.

Holding an image of her daughter, Keren Scharf Schem stated: “I’m begging the world to carry my child again house, she solely went to a competition occasion to have some enjoyable and now she is in Gaza and he or she just isn’t the one one.”

Scharf Schem stated she didn’t know if her daughter was lifeless or alive till Monday and that each one she knew is that she may need been kidnapped.

“I noticed she is alive, I noticed that she was… I heard earlier than rumors that she was shot within the shoulder or within the leg so I can see she was shot in her shoulder, I see she had an operation, she seems to be very terrified, she seems to be like she is in large ache, and I can see that she says what they inform her to say,” she informed reporters, urging everybody to “cease this terror” and convey her daughter again house together with different hostages.

Schem’s mom informed CNN on Monday that she believed her daughter’s resilience would assist her survive. “She’s very, very robust. That’s why all of us believed in our hearts that she is alive, as a result of we knew that she is going to by no means surrender.”

CNN can not independently confirm the place and when the video of Schem was taken and what situation she is in for the time being.

The Israel Protection Forces (IDF) stated in an announcement that it had knowledgeable Schem’s household about her kidnapping final week and are protecting in contact with them right now.

IDF spokesperson Maj. Libby Weiss informed CNN on Tuesday that the discharge of the video was “one other manner by Hamas to wage a psychological conflict” on civilian inhabitants of Israel. CNN just isn’t publishing the video.

It’s nonetheless unclear what number of hostages are held in Gaza. A spokesperson for Hamas’ army wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, stated in a video assertion on Monday the quantity was at the very least between 200-250.

The spokesperson, Abu Obaida, stated the Al-Qassam Brigades held about 200 hostages, whereas the remaining was held by different “militant formations” in Gaza, including that they can not decide the precise variety of hostages within the strip at this stage as a result of fixed Israeli bombardment.

The IDF has been relentlessly pounding Gaza with airstrikes and artillery following the lethal Hamas terror assault. Palestinian information company WAFA reported on Monday that greater than 2,800 individuals have been killed in Gaza.

Earlier on Monday, the Israeli army stated at the very least 199 individuals have been being held hostage in Gaza. The IDF stated it was utilizing “all intelligence and operational means to return the abductees” and that “Hamas is attempting to current itself as a humanitarian group whereas appearing as a hideous terrorist group liable for killing and kidnapping infants, ladies, youngsters and the aged.”

In the meantime, Abu Obaida claimed 22 of the hostages in Gaza have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, together with an Israeli artist whom he stated misplaced his life on Saturday. CNN can not independently confirm these claims.

Abu Obaida added that the Al-Qassam Brigades shall be releasing hostages holding international citizenship when “the chance arises on the bottom,” and stated Al-Qassam is “dedicated” to defending them.

Schem was kidnapped from the Nova competition close to the Gaza Strip after Hamas fighters launched a terror assault final Saturday that to date killed at the very least 1,400 individuals.

A minimum of 260 individuals have been discovered lifeless is the location of the competition, in keeping with the IDF.

Scharf Schem stated her daughter had messaged a good friend who was additionally on the competition at 7:17 a.m. on Saturday morning saying, “They’re taking pictures at us please come save us.”

Calling her daughter the “coronary heart of the household” Scharf Schem described Mia as a caring sibling and “her finest good friend.”

“Mia for those who can see us, we wish to let you know from all of the household and all of the individuals in Israel,” Schem’s brother Eli Schem informed CNN. “We’re ready for you, we love you, and we’re going to do something to carry you again house.”

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