One of the captives released by Hamas: “I went through hell”
Yocheved Lifschitz, one of the hostages released by Hamas in the early hours of Tuesday, criticized the actions of the Israeli government, for not being able to prevent the attack of the Islamist group on October 7. “The Israeli government spent billions on the border fence, but nothing is being done to stop Hamas from crossing it,” he said during a press conference where he was accompanied by his daughter Sharone.
Lifschitz, 85, recounted how he was kidnapped, and the treatment he received from his captors until the moment he was released. “I’ve had hell,” he sums up, visibly affected. “I was kidnapped by armed men on motorcycles who beat me with a tree and beat me so that I could hardly breathe,” he described.
As her daughter Sharone explained, her mother was “forced to walk several kilometers on wet ground,” until she reached what she described as a “vast network” of tunnels under the land administered by Hamas, which he compared to a “spider’s web.” “.
Regarding the treatment received by the militiamen, the woman assured that they warned her not to harm her. “We believe in the Koran. We can’t harm you,” he recalled being told. However, he also explained that those who arrested him took the watch and jewelry that he owned while driving. “They separated us into several groups and treated us well. With health care and medicines,” he added. “The story will not end until everyone returns,” he concluded, after detailing that the rest of the kidnapped people “are in good condition.”