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Hamas says 10-month-old hostage killed along with his brother and mother



A 10-month-old boy, his four-year-old brother and his mother who were kidnapped by Hamas have been killed in previous Israeli airstrikes of the Gaza strip, Hamas’s armed wing claimed.

Kfir Bibas was kidnapped along with older brother Ariel and his parents Yarden, 34, and Shiri, 32, from Kibbutz Nir Oz after Hamas massacred up to 1,200 Israelis on 7 October.

The Israeli military told The Independent it was checking the claim made by Al Qassam Brigades. It comes just a day after Kfir’s family issued an urgent plea for his “immediate release” amid fears he was missing without proper food or formula.

Ofri Bibas, who is the auntie of Kfir, said yesterday: “He can’t stay there anymore. He is a 10-month-old baby. We don’t know if he is getting formula. There isn’t much food.

“Every day there is a risk for their mental and physical condition. They must be released. They are children. They are not supposed to be hostages.”


Ten-month-old Kfir Bibas has been killed in an Israeli airstrike along with his mother Shiri and older brother Ariel


Ariel Bibas, 4, was kidnapped by Hamas with his younger brother, mother and father on 7 October


Aylon Keshet, who is the cousin of Mr Bibas, added that the family was living through a “nightmare” and didn’t know “anything” about their condition.

He said: “These are real people with real lives. Please do not let them stay for another day. Do not let Hamas keep using them as bargaining chips.

“We really don’t know anything. We are in the dark here. We don’t know anything about their well-being or condition. This is a nightmare scenario for us. The uncertainty is really hard. We are worried sick about them.”


So far, 61 Israelis and 20 foreigners have been released by Hamas since the ceasefire began. Up to 180 Palestinians have been freed by Israel.

Qatari officials said the success of the two-day extension to the initial truce would be vital in locating missing Israeli hostages.

“Some of them are not even with the other armed factions, they are with lay people,” Qatar’s foreign ministry spokesperson Dr Majed Al-Ansari told The Independent.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.

Source: Independent


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