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Freed Israeli hostage Mia Schem describes horror: ‘I experienced a holocaust’ | World News

Freed Israeli hostage Mia Schem has described the horror she faced in Gaza after being freed during the ceasefire. The 21-year-old Israeli-French tattoo artist said she “experienced a holocaust” during the 54 days she was held captive.

Mia Schem, 21, who was taken hostage during the October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, appears in this undated image, obtained by Reuters on November 30, 2023 (Hostages and Families Forum missing/document via REUTERS)

“It was important for me to relay the truth about the nature of the people who live in Gaza, who they really are and what I experienced there,” Mia told journalist Lior Veroslavski in an interview with Channel 13 .

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“It was important to you that the world understand what? » asked Lior. “That I experienced a holocaust,” Mia replied. “Everyone there is a terrorist.”

Mia said she was being held by a civilian family in Gaza after being kidnapped by Hamas during the Nova music festival. The family is believed to have been involved in the terrorist group.

“Suddenly I realized I was with a family,” said Mia, a resident of Shoham in central Israel. “Suddenly I ask myself questions: why am I in a family’s house? Why are there children here? Why is there a woman?

Days after Mia was kidnapped, a disturbing video surfaced showing her pleading for help, asking him to come home. She is seen in the video receiving medical treatment for an arm injury, before asking for help. The clip was allegedly broadcast by the terrorists.

In the video, Mia claims to have undergone a three-hour surgery in Gaza, according to a translation from Hebrew by the Jerusalem Post. “They take care of me, give me medicine, everything is fine. I only ask that they take me back to my parents, to my brothers and sisters as soon as possible,” she said. “Get me out of here as quickly as possible.” Please.”

Mia also shared a photo on Instagram of a tattoo saying: “We will dance again”, accompanied by the date “7.10.2025”. “I will never forget October 7, 2023,” she wrote in the caption. “The pain and the fear, the difficult visions, the friends who won’t return and those we must bring back. But we will win, we will dance!”

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