In what Israeli officials have denounced as a “criminal, terrorist video” that Hamas posted Monday on Telegram, the short film shows three elderly Israeli hostages, who were kidnapped on Oct. 7 and held in Gaza for the last 10 weeks.
The three men have been identified by Israel as 79-year-old Chaim Peri, 80-year-old Yoram Metzger and 84-year-old Amiram Cooper.
The three men, all with beards, are sitting next to each other in the film.
Peri speaks to the camera, saying he and other elderly hostages who have health issues are “suffering greatly in very harsh conditions.”
He pleaded for Israel to secure their release.
Peri was at his house in Kibbutz Nir Oz during the Hamas attack and fought back. His wife was in hiding. In the end, he gave himself up to save his wife.
“It was joy for a moment to see them alive,” Ayala Metzger’s daughter-in-law said. “It was shocking to see them like this,” with grown out beards, having lost weight and looking weak and pale.
Military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said the “criminal, terrorist video” shows “Hamas’ cruelty against very elderly civilians, innocents who need medical care.”
“Chaim, Yoram and Amiram. I hope that you hear me this evening,” Hagari said in a televised briefing. “Know this – we are doing everything, everything, in order to return you back safely.”
Cooper and Metzger are also from Nir Oz. They were captured along with their wives whom Hamas has already released.
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