Alma Avraham, 85, Recounts 51-Day Gaza Captivity After Hospital Release

Alma Avraham, 85, was released from hospital after a 5-month recovery following her 51-day captivity by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. She was freed in a hostage release deal in November, but returned to Israel in critical condition.

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Alma Avraham, 85, Recounts 51-Day Gaza Captivity After Hospital Release

Alma Avraham, 85, Recounts 51-Day Gaza Captivity After Hospital Release

Alma Avraham, an 85-year-old Israeli woman, was released from Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva last week after a remarkable five-month recovery. Avraham had been abducted from her home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz on October 7, 2023, during a terror attack in which about 3,000 Gazan terrorists invaded southern Israel, massacred over 1,200 Israelis, and kidnapped more than 250 people.

Why this matters: The story of Alma Avraham's captivity and release highlights the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and the need for international organizations to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians caught in conflict zones. The incident also underscores the importance of diplomatic efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and prevent further violence and kidnappings.

Avraham was taken to the Gaza Strip, where she was held captive by Hamas terrorists for 51 days. During her captivity, she was moved between four or five homes before being hidden in Hamas' subterranean tunnels. The terrorists attempted to convert her to Islam, reading her the Quran and demanding that she repeat it after them. Avraham was eventually freed in a hostage release deal in November but returned to Israel in critical condition with "extremely low" vital signs.

After her release from the hospital, Avraham expressed her gratitude to the medical team, saying, "I feel wonderful, how much you helped me, and thanks to you, I survived, thank you very much." When asked what she would do now, Avraham simply replied, "Dance." However, she also acknowledged the ongoing plight of hostages still held in Gaza, stating, "It is very difficult to understand Independence Day, because it's not really Independence Day for everyone since the hostages are still there, and it's difficult for me to be happy on this Independence Day."

Avraham's daughter, Tal Amano, criticized the Red Cross for not delivering critical medication to her mother during her captivity. "They abandoned my mother from a health perspective... My mother didn't have to return like this. It was neglect during her entire period there. She didn't receive her lifesaving medications. She was abandoned twice, once on October 7 and a second time by all the organizations that should have saved her and prevented her conditions," Amano stated.

Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in Gaza are believed to still hold approximately 130 hostages, including 36 Israelis. The Israeli military and intelligence officials have confirmed the deaths of at least 36 Israelis who are still being held hostage in the coastal enclave. Avraham's son, Ori, praised his mother's resilience amid the cruelty she endured at the hands of Hamas terrorists during her 51-day captivity.

Key Takeaways

  • 85-year-old Alma Avraham was held captive by Hamas for 51 days before being freed.
  • During captivity, she was moved between homes and tunnels, and forced to convert to Islam.
  • Avraham was released in critical condition, but recovered after 5 months in hospital.
  • She criticized the Red Cross for not delivering her medication during captivity.
  • Hamas still holds ~130 hostages, including 36 Israelis, with 36 confirmed dead.