Heartbroken family members reacted to video of their loved ones being kidnapped in Israel, including one father who said through tears, “She was so petrified, so scared.”
As the death toll tragically rose in Israel and the Middle Eastern nation declared war for the first time in 50 years, a number of viral videos had been connected to loved ones worried sick about the fate of those caught up in the attack.
One such victim was 25-year-old Noa Argamani, an Israeli student who had been one of hundreds attending a so called “Festival of Peace” near Gaza when Hamas terrorists had paraglided across the border Saturday as part of a coordinated attack.
Israel’s Channel 12 News had reported on Argamani’s abduction and shared video of the young woman being separated from her boyfriend and loaded on the back of a motorcycle while crying out “Don’t kill me! No, no, no.”
In a report that included video purported to be proof of life that the student was being held in Gaza, her father, Yaacov Argamani, sat down with the outlet and struggled through sobs to say, “She was so petrified, so scared. I couldn’t protect her.”
“All my life since she was born I have tried to protect and hug her, support and love her. I wish I could at this difficult moment at least encourage her or say something to her,” he added.
Noa Argamani was kidnapped yesterday during a festival, with many other young Israelis and is still missing in Gaza.
Her parents are devastated.
This. Is. Inhumane.
* Credit for translation & subtitles: Ilan Bloch pic.twitter.com/9DlJwwmWxh
— Gal.G, Adv (@GalG____) October 8, 2023
Moshe Or, the brother of the missing woman’s boyfriend, Avi Natan, also spoke with Channel 12 News and said, “We were worried and tried to call. His phone was unavailable and so was hers.”
“After a few hours, emergency teams contacted us and told us that they saw a video of my brother and his girlfriend Noa as they were kidnapped and taken towards the Gaza Strip,” he continued.
Of the video Or said, “I started looking for it in various Telegram groups. It didn’t take me long to find it. I saw Noa looking scared and frightened in the video. I can’t imagine what’s going through her mind — screaming in panic, when some scumbags are holding her and not letting her go.”
“My brother who is a big guy, two meters, trains four times a week, a really strong guy. They held him maybe four or five of them, and just led them towards the Strip I guess,” he added.
Another video showed the terrorists making off with a mother and her two young children leaving the father and husband, Yoni Asher, offering to exchange himself for the protection of his family. The Daily Mail shared the harrowing images of the abduction and an interview with Asher who pled the militants “don’t hurt them.”
Taken with their mother Doron, Asher’s daughters Raz and Aviv are aged five- and three-years-old respectively.
“I tried to stay strong. It’s not simple to know that your two babies and your wife, your entire family, the most precious thing you have, is captive,” he expressed.
“I’m trying to believe that something will happen,” Asher went on. “And somehow my country, Israel, my prime minister, my government, will do something to bring them back as soon as possible because babies are babies, women are women. You can release them first and maybe later negotiate about other things.”
Speaking with the BBC, Gili Yoskovich described her own experience at the festival near Gaza celebrating the end of the Sukkot holiday and how she “saw people were dying all around. I was very quiet. I didn’t cry, I didn’t do anything.”
She detailed who she had hid under a tree for three hours Saturday morning as the terrorists fired upon the revelers. “I was … breathing, saying, ‘OK, I’m going to die. It’s OK, just breathe, just close your eyes.”
Yoskovich explained that it wasn’t until she heard voices speaking in Hebrew that she moved from hiding and found she was rescued by Israeli soldiers.
The same could not be said for Shani Louk, a German tattoo artist who had been identified by loved ones by her tattoos as the victim carted around in the back of a pickup truck by terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
Her mother, Ricarda, had released a statement that said in part, “We were sent a video in which I could clearly see our daughter unconscious in the car with the Palestinians and them driving around the Gaza Strip. I ask you to send us any help or any news. Thank you very much.”
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) October 8, 2023
There’s are just a handful of the stories coming out of Israel as the terrorists’ indiscriminate attack impacted men and women — young and old — leading Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to vow, “All of the places which Hamas is deployed, hiding and operating in, that wicked city, we will turn them into rubble. I say to the residents of Gaza: Leave now because we will operate forcefully everywhere.”
“This morning,” he had said Saturday, “on Shabbat and a holiday, Hamas invaded Israeli territory and murdered innocent citizens including children and the elderly. Hamas has started a brutal and evil war.”
“We will be victorious in this war despite an unbearable price,” Netanyahu affirmed. “This is a very difficult day for all of us.”
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