Disturbing Hamas propaganda video shows hostages whose plight was revealed by the Mail in first appearance since they were violently kidnapped from Israel on October 7
A disturbing propaganda video released by Hamas features two teenage hostages whose fate was first reported by the Mail.
In the horrific clip, Daniela Gilboa and Karina Ariev, both 19, are filmed begging to be rescued and returned to their families in Israel.
This is the first time the girls have been seen alive since they were violently abducted by terrorists on October 7.
Photographs of their bloodied and bruised faces, published in the USA Online Post earlier this month, have become a symbol of the campaign demanding the release of all remaining hostages.
Under the haunting headline ‘Don’t forget them’, the article showed devastating images of Gilboa, Ariev, Agam Berger, 19, and Liri Albag, 18, taken hours after they were captured by Hamas.
The Palestinian terror group Hamas has released a chilling new video showing three young Israeli women being held hostage in Gaza since the October 7 attack. The three women have been identified as 19-year-old Daniela Gilboa, 19-year-old Karina Ariev (pictured), and 30-year-old Doron Steinbrecher
Karina and Daniela (pictured) were last seen in videos on October 7 themselves with two other teenagers, their faces bloodied and terrified
Doron Steinbrecher (pictured) was one of more than 240 people dragged into Gaza by Hamas gunmen during the group’s October 7 terror attack on southern Israel
Karina Ariev, left, and Daniela Gilboa with Doron Steinbrecher, 30. In the video, Hamas warns that time is running out. In the five-minute clip, said to have been filmed on January 21, the women are forced to blame Israel for the war
The video of Daniela and Karina comes hours after the International Court of Justice upheld Israel’s right to continue its war against Hamas. Its judges were responding to an allegation by South Africa that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza.
The court, which is the primary judicial body of the United Nations, called for the ‘immediate’ release of hostages held by Hamas – but also for Israel to take steps to prevent acts of genocide and widespread destruction.
However, it did not order the country to completely cease military action in Gaza.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the ruling by promising that Israel would ‘defend ourselves and our citizens while complying with international law’.
In the video of the two teenagers, which also contains a third hostage, veterinarian Doron Steinbrecher (30), Hamas warns that time is running out.
Smoke billows after an Israeli attack on Friday in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip
The Mail’s story about the girls was shown to the United Nations by Israeli politician Gilad Erdan
The battered and bloody image of Karina Ariev, 19, is seen in a separate video released by Hamas. She was seen with three other teenagers in images that went around the world
Daniela Gilboa, 19, was also seen in a Hamas video released earlier this month
Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Cameron and Rishi Sunak met the families of Gaza prisoners this week
In the five-minute clip, which was allegedly filmed on January 21, the women are forced to blame Israel for the war. Speaking to the camera, Daniela said: ‘I spent 107 days in Hamas captivity and I don’t know if and when I can go back home.
‘I am exposed to bombing and fire 24 hours a day. I fear for my life. To my dear family… I am asking you to do everything you can to get me home alive.’
Last week, Daniela’s parents met Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary David Cameron. After handing Lord Cameron a copy of the Mail’s story, they urged the British government to redouble its efforts to save the girls in case they are raped or pregnant. Lord Cameron has vowed to do ‘everything’ he can to ensure Daniela’s safe return.
On Thursday, he flew to Qatar and urged regional leaders to secure the release of hostages. The Mail’s article caught the world’s attention. It was floated by Gilad Erdan, Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, at a meeting of the body.
There are still 136 hostages being held in Gaza – including 19 female hostages and two British-Israeli hostages. At least 25 have already been executed in custody.