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Here’s what we know about the Israeli hostages freed on Sunday


Dafna and Ella were at home with their father, Noam Elyakim; his partner, Dikla Arava; and his son, Tomer, at Kibbutz Nahal Oz during the October 7 attack.

From the first hours of the attack, photos surfaced on the Telegram messaging platform of the two young girls sitting on mattresses in a location unknown to their family. A video was also broadcast: Hamas had broadcast live its attackers interrogating Mr. Elyakim, who was bleeding from the leg, and Ms. Arava, using Ms. Arava’s Facebook page to do so. Dafna, Ella and Tomer sat with the couple while the terrorists questioned them at the family home.

Mr Elyakim, Ms Arava and Tomer were killed in the attack, and Dafna and Ella were taken hostage.

In an interview last month, Maayan Zin, the girls’ mother, called on the Israeli government to do everything to bring back her daughters.

“They would have to do everything, obviously: a prisoner exchange deal, an operation, a backflip in the air,” she said, adding: “They just need to bring my daughters back. Any price worth it for my daughters.

Aviva Siegel.Credit…Forum on hostages and missing families

Aviva Siegel, also known as Adrienne Siegel, was taken from her home in Kfar Aza where she was sheltering with her husband, Keith Siegel, 64. Born in South Africa, she immigrated to Israel with her family as a child.

Ms. Siegel, a kindergarten teacher, and Mr. Siegel, a dual Israeli-American citizen who works for a pharmaceutical company, have lived in Kfar Aza for about 40 years. Their children, who were outside the kibbutz, lost contact with them around 10 a.m. on October 7. According to Israeli media, a Hamas video surfaced on Telegram the next day, showing the couple being driven to Gaza in their own car.

Mr. Siegel is believed to still be in Gaza.

Elma AvrahamCredit…Forum on hostages and missing families

Elma Avraham was taken hostage at her home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, near the border with Gaza. Her home is said to be filled with sculptures, paintings and ceramics that she created.

Dr. Hagai Levine, a public health doctor who heads the medical team at the Forum for Families of Hostages and Missing Persons, told reporters this month that Ms. Avraham urgently needed several heart medications “just to survive “.

Upon her release, Ms. Avraham was flown by military helicopter directly from Gaza to the nearest Israeli hospital, Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, in serious condition, according to the Israeli military.

Roni KrivoiCredit…Forum on hostages and missing families

Roni Krivoi, a Russian-Israeli, was kidnapped during the Tribe of Nova music festival near the Gaza border. Mr Krivoi worked at the outdoor rave as a member of the sound crew.

A resident of Karmiel, a town in northern Israel, he worked in construction while trying to establish a career in the world of music and sound.

Mr. Krivoi is the first adult male hostage to be released. The Russian government and Hamas said his release was the result of direct contacts between them and not as part of a broader prisoner exchange deal.

More than 350 rave attendees and staff were killed in Hamas-led terrorist attacks on October 7, when gunmen surrounded the venue and ambushed revelers as they ran through fields, hid in bushes, sought refuge in roadside bomb shelters, or attempted to flee by car.

Gaya Gupta reports contributed.



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