“We want the government to do everything possible to bring the hostages back — that has to be the top priority,” Tomer Keshet, Mr. Bibas’s cousin, mentioned in an interview. “Yarden is wounded, and the baby isn’t even standing yet, he is barely crawling.”
“We are so worried that the children were separated from their parents, that they are frightened, that they don’t have the right things to eat, and that that could have long-term repercussions,” Mr. Keshet mentioned. “They are being held underground, hungry, not knowing what’s going on, hearing bombing and fighting and shouting in a language they don’t understand. We don’t know what condition they are in, or what condition they will be in when they come back, after this emotional trauma.”
Although physicians usually chorus from discussing their sufferers’ medical circumstances out of respect for privateness, a number of private physicians of the hostages spoke out publicly final week to attract consideration to their plight and stress the urgency of their state of affairs.
“In some cases, children were taken moments after watching their parents being brutally murdered,” mentioned Dr. Zion Hagai, chairman of the Israel Medical Association. “They are not only forced to live with this trauma but to experience it in a strange, dark and scary place.”
Speakers highlighted the circumstances of a number of significantly susceptible hostages, amongst them Raz Ben Ami, 57, from the Be’eri kibbutz, who was being handled for neurosarcoidosis, a severe and uncommon illness that impacts the mind, spinal wire or peripheral nerves, inflicting listening to and imaginative and prescient loss, confusion, agitation and different results.
Dr. Arnon Elizur spoke of a younger affected person, Yagil Yaakov, who has a life-threatening peanut allergy and will die in minutes if he have been uncovered to even hint quantities of peanut powder. Islamic Jihad, one other militant group within the Gaza Strip, just lately printed a video of the boy, wanting pale and skinny, with darkish shadows underneath his eyes.
“I can’t imagine what is going through his mind when he is served food,” Dr. Elizur mentioned. “Can he be certain it doesn’t contain trace amounts of peanuts? Every meal for him is like playing Russian roulette.”
The son of one other hostage, Haim Peri, mentioned that his father had superior coronary heart illness.
“He is an artist, a peace activist and a man who always fought for human rights,” mentioned the son, Noam Peri. “He is a brave man, but at age 80, he is not a healthy man, and requires daily medications. He will not survive captivity for long.”