Hamas video shows women abducted in Israel attacks
PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES — Hamas released Monday a video showing three of the more than 230 people Israel says were seized by Palestinian militants in massive October 7 raids that triggered an all-out war in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the anguished images of the three women as "cruel psychological propaganda" and vowed to "do everything to bring home all the kidnapped and missing people".
In a statement, Netanyahu named the hostages as Yelena Trupanov, Daniel Aloni and Rimon Kirsht, who were referred to in Hamas's 76-second video as "Zionist detainees addressing a message to Netanyahu and his government".
The Israeli premier, who has faced mounting domestic pressure over the hostage crisis, said: "I embrace you. Our hearts are with you and with all the other people abducted."
The second video Hamas has released since October 7 purportedly showing hostages speaking from captivity in Gaza comes as Israel steps up its air and ground assault on the narrow Palestinian territory.
Following the release of the video, friends and relatives of the three Israeli women shown in captivity came together to call on the international community to push harder for their release.
"This is our first proof of life," Shahar Cohen, a friend of the Trupanov family, shouted in front of dozens of Israeli and foreign journalists in Tel Aviv late Monday.
"As both an Israeli and an American citizen, I'm personally asking you, President Biden, please, do any and everything in your power to bring everyone home now."
Earlier on Monday, the family of German-Israeli Shani Louk said they had been notified that she had died after being seized by gunmen at a music festival where at least 260 people were killed.
The three women in Monday's video were seen sitting on plastic chairs against a tile wall at an undisclosed location.
One of them, speaking in Hebrew, urges Netanyahu to agree a prisoner exchange for the release of all captives.
She makes agitated hand gestures and starts shouting, almost screaming by the end of the statement.
The two women sitting either side of her remain silent but on edge.
Israel says 239 people were seized by Hamas fighters who crossed the