In a desperate plea that echoes across the Negev desert, a Muslim family from Rahat, a Bedouin town, is urging Hamas to free their kin held hostage since an attack on October 7th. The attack on the Hulit kibbutz, where the Ziadna family has served for generations, witnessed the death of over 1,200 people and abduction of 240, including 17-year-old Aisha Ziadna, her father Yosef, and brothers Bilal and Hamza.
Family's Plea and the Ticking Clock
Ali Ziadna, Aisha's uncle, voiced his confusion and despair as he struggled to understand why Hamas would abduct fellow Muslims like his family. The situation has become particularly urgent due to Yosef's diabetic condition, which necessitates regular insulin. The family is left reeling after viewing footage of their loved ones being hauled off to an unknown fate and Ali Ziadna has threatened to personally venture into Gaza if no progress is made soon.
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The Unlikely Victims and Their Bond
The Ziadna family, despite being Israeli citizens, have found themselves in the crossfire of a conflict they have no part in. The family, including the recently engaged Aisha, is known for their close ties with the kibbutz community. The Israeli army has confirmed that the family is alive and being held in Gaza, providing a sliver of hope in these trying times.
The Ceasefire and the Waiting Game
The Ziadna family's ordeal has become a critical point as they await the continuation of a ceasefire and the safe return of their loved ones. The ceasefire negotiations have seen some hostages freed, including 10 Israeli women, children, and four Thai nationals in what was seen as a gesture of goodwill, but the Ziadna family remains in captivity. As talks continue and with Hamas expected to demand even more for the remaining hostages, the Ziadna family can only wait and hope for the best.