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Israel and Gaza Live Updates: ICC to Seek Arrest Warrants for Israeli Leaders of Netanyahu and Hamas

The Israeli military on Sunday released raw video footage its troops said was captured in Gaza showing Ela Elyakim, 8, a former Israeli hostage, and her sister Dafna Elyakim, 15, being forced by Hamas terrorists to film Many times.

“The video, which is being released today for the first time, was intended to be used by Hamas for psychological terror,” Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, an IDF spokesman, said in a statement. “But Ela’s family asked us to share it with the world to denounce the terror of Hamas, to denounce the cruelty of Hamas, to denounce the barbarity of Hamas.”

Hagari said the raw footage of the girls recording the video was recovered by IDF troops during Israeli ground operations in Gaza.

The Elyakim sisters were kidnapped on October 7 from their father’s house in Nahal Oz, according to the Israeli army. Their father was killed during the surprise attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists, according to the IDF.

Ela and Dafana Elyakim were held hostage for 51 days before Hamas released them as part of a previous hostage deal, the Israeli military said.

Ela Elyakim told IDF officials that Hamas terrorists forced her to read a script and made her change her clothes several times while they refilmed the video over and over, according to Hagari.

“We will continue to do everything in our power to bring our hostages home,” Hagari said.

-Victoria Beaule of ABC News

ABC News

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