Rescued Israeli hostages were starved, beaten ‘almost every day’ in Hamas captivity

The four Israeli hostages rescued in a daring military operation last weekend had been starved and beaten “almost daily” by Hamas terrorists during their eight months of captivity, a doctor holding them has said.

Noa Al-Ghamani, 26, Almog Meir Yan, 22, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv, 41, were abducted from the Supernova desert rave during a Hamas terror attack on October 7 and subjected to horrific abuse.

“They suffered terrible abuse on a daily basis and it was a really tough experience,” said Dr. Itai Pesach, who has been treating the released hostages at Tel Hashomer hospital in central Israel. CNN.

“Every hour, physically, mentally and otherwise, it’s beyond comprehension.”

Dr. Itai Pesak
Dr. Itai Pesach, who has been treating the released hostages at Tel Hashomer hospital in central Israel, said the hostages had been starved and beaten by Hamas terrorists “almost every day.” Seeba Medical Center

The hostages described months of torture they suffered after being rescued by Israeli forces in a daring rescue operation in Nuseira, central Gaza, on Saturday.

The doctor said the hostages had been moved by Hamas multiple times during their captivity and that the harm they suffered had “left a serious mark on their health”.

“They were not getting enough protein, which caused extreme muscle wasting which in turn damaged other organs,” Pessac said, adding that at times they were completely without food or water supplies.

“There were times when we barely had anything to eat,” he continued.

“There were times when it was a little better, but overall it was a combination of psychological stress, malnutrition, not having enough food, not having the right kind of food, medical neglect, limited space, not seeing the sun, and everything else. [a] This has serious health implications.”

The Israeli military initially said the hostages were in good health and were rushed to an Israeli hospital and reunited with their families over the weekend.

Among them was Al-Ghamani, the young woman who became a symbol of the bloodshed on October 7 when she was filmed crying out “Don’t kill me!” as she was driven into Gaza on a motorbike.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog released a video of a smiling Al-Ghamani speaking by phone from hospital surrounded by family and friends.

“I’m grateful for everything. I’m grateful for this moment,” she said in the video.

“I was so excited to hear your voice. It brought tears to my eyes. Welcome back,” Herzog responded.