Israeli Father Murdered by Hamas, LeavingchildrenOrphaned

Israeli father of three Dror Or, abducted by Hamas on October 7, 2023, has been confirmed murdered, leaving his three children orphaned. Or's body is being held in Gaza, with 129 captives remaining, and 35 confirmed dead.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Israeli Father Murdered by Hamas, LeavingchildrenOrphaned

Israeli Father Murdered by Hamas, LeavingchildrenOrphaned

Tragedy has struck an Israeli family Thursday that the government confirmed Dror Or, a 49-year-old father of three abducted by Hamas on October 7, 2023, has been murdered. Or's body is being held in Gaza, leaving his children, 17-year-old Noam, 13-year-old Alma, and their older brother Yahli, without both of their parents.

Why this matters: The tragic story of Dror Or and his family highlights the devastating human cost of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, underscoring the need for a peaceful resolution to end the violence and ensure the safe return of all hostages. The incident also raises concerns about the treatment of captives by terrorist organizations and the importance of holding them accountable for their actions.

The kidnapping occurred during a article on Kibbutz Be'eri, which claimed the lives of approximately 1,200 people, including 33 Americans. Or's wife, Yonat, was fatally shot during the initial assault. Noam and Alma were also abducted but later released in November as part of a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.

In a statement announcing Or's death, the Israeli government expressed their heartbreak, saying, "We are heartbroken to share that Dror Or who was kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, had been confirmed as murdered and his body is being held in Gaza." The confirmation of Or's murder leaves the three siblings orphaned.

Ahal Besorai, the uncle of the Or children, revealed the devastating truth about their mother's fate in a November interview with CNN. "My sister, their mom, was murdered on October 7. The children did not know that. We thought they were together when they were kidnapped, but they were separated from the outset," Besorai stated.

The Hamas attack on October 7 resulted in the abduction of around 250 people. Israel estimates that 129 captives remain in Gaza, with 35 confirmed dead, including Or. The United Nations has accused Hamas, designated as a terrorist organization by the US and many Western nations, of carrying out and other acts of sexual violence during the attack.

The incident is part of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which has drawn international condemnation and diplomatic efforts to secure a ceasefire. The announcement of Or's death comes as mediators await Hamas's response to a new proposal for a ceasefire and hostage release.

In late November, 105 hostages were released, including 80 Israelis and people from other countries, in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinians held by Israel. However, the fate of the remaining captives hangs in the balance as the another persists.

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum, an organization supporting the families of those abducted, emphasized the importance of securing the release of all hostages. "Only by securing the release of all hostages, the living for rehabilitation, the deceased for burial can our people's revival and future be ensured," the organization stated. They called on the Israeli government to exhaust every effort to bring back the deceased hostages for honorable burials in Israel.

As diplomatic efforts continue, the international community remains hopeful for a resolution that will bring an end to the violence and ensure the safe return of all hostages. The tragic story of Dror Or and his family serves as a poignant illustration of the human cost of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli father Dror Or, 49, was murdered by Hamas after being abducted on Oct 7, 2023.
  • Or's body is being held in Gaza, leaving his 3 children orphaned after their mother's death.
  • 129 people, including Or, remain captive in Gaza, with 35 confirmed dead.
  • Hamas is accused of carrying out war crimes, including sexual violence, during the attack.
  • Diplomatic efforts continue to secure a ceasefire and release of all hostages.