A 10-month-old Israeli boy – the youngest hostage captured by Hamas – and his family were handed over to another Palestinian terrorist group in what a relative called “just more psychological torture”.
Arab IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee revealed Monday evening that the Bibas family – including infant Kfir, his 4-year-old brother Ariel and their parents – were being held captive in the southern town of Khan Younis following of this worrying decision.
“In the Hamas prison, infants under the age of one are detained who have not seen the light of day for more than 50 days,” Adraee wrote in a message to X.
“Hamas treats them as if they were loot and sometimes hands them over to other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
“For example, the Bibas family, the two red-haired children “The Reds”, who were kidnapped from their home in Nir Oz by a member of the Hamas terrorist organization and are detained in the Khan Yunis area by one of the Palestinians . factions,” he wrote.
Khan Younis – where the Bibas are believed to be held – is expected to be the target of Israeli attacks once the temporary ceasefire expires, the Telegraph reported, raising speculation that Hamas had strategically transferred the child to the town in order to to extend the truce.
The Bibas family of four were among 240 hostages taken by Hamas during the group’s deadly attack on Israel on October 7.
A video shared on social media showed kindergarten teacher Shiri Shiri Silberman-Bibas hugging her sons – Ariel and Kfir – as the family was taken away.
The family – including her husband and father Yarden Bibas – was holed up in a secure room when the terrorists arrived.
The children’s aunt, Noah Abrahams, described the latest developments in the family’s captivity as “just more psychological torture,” according to The Telegraph.
“We are experiencing times of great uncertainty. Realizing we won’t get the hug we wanted leaves us speechless,” the family was quoted as saying in a statement.
On Monday, Israel and Hamas agreed to extend their temporary truce for two more days.
Hamas noted that the extension would follow rules previously laid out in the original four-day deal, meaning the terrorists will release at least 20 additional hostages in exchange for two more days of peace.
Eleven hostages, including nine children, were released by Hamas on Monday.