Following a failed truce mediated by Qatar and the US, recently freed Israeli hostages made their first public statements, pleading for the release of others still held captive in Gaza.
During a rally in Tel Aviv, they recounted the harsh conditions they endured, including fear, limited food, and sleeplessness, after being kidnapped by Hamas on October 7.
Danielle Aloni, who was freed with her young daughter, highlighted the traumatic experience for children in captivity. Ditza Heiman, aged 84, also commented on the scarcity of food as time progressed.
Released outside the truce, 85-year-old Yocheved Lifschitz stressed the government's duty to bring everyone home immediately. The plea came after 80 Israelis, mainly women and children, were swapped for 240 Palestinian prisoners, but the cease-fire collapsed, leading to resumed fighting in Gaza.
At the rally outside the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Yelena Trupanov demanded the return of her son Sasha and others remaining captive. She had previously appeared in a hostage video.
An Israeli army spokesman reported that 137 Israelis and foreign nationals are still captive in Gaza.