Anguished Families Gather in Tel Aviv, Calling for the Return of Hostages

Families of some of the 203 hostages held in Hamas came together tonight for a symbolic Friday night meal to demand the release of their loved ones.

Part of their persistent campaign to ‘Bring Them Home’, distraught fathers and mothers stood behind place settings at a big table in the middle of Tel Aviv.

According to the Israel Defence Force [IDF], the majority of the 203 hostages who were carried to Gaza are likely still alive.

And today, the grieving parents prayed together for all of the hostages to return safely.

They sang Shalom Aleichem Malachei Hashalom, a traditional Jewish hymn that is chanted on Friday night before the Sabbath meal, while shedding tears down their cheeks.

The families and well-wishers wrapped their arms around each other and sung “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national hymn [The Hope].

Omer Shem-Tov’s parents, who are 21 years old, were one of them.

He was abducted from the Nova music festival, which took place in the Gaza Strip’s surrounding desert.

Hamas subsequently forwarded a graphic video to his family as proof that they had kidnapped him.

Entertainment producer Malki Shem-Tov, his father, expressed optimism to MailOnline that he will be able to return his son home.”Omer was at the party,” he stated.

He is a twenty-one-year-old man who was abducted by Hamas together with a companion and taken to Gaza.

He informed us that terrorists had gained entry to the celebration during multiple calls he made to us on Saturday early.

He claimed that there had been numerous shootings and that people were dying all around him at around nine in the morning.

“I love you, I love,” he exclaimed.

Later on, he claimed to have arrived to the car and to be on his way out.I instructed him to set the current location.

It was scuttling around, but we were keeping up with it. After that, it began to move towards the Gaza border.

I told him over the phone that he was headed in the wrong direction. However, he didn’t pick up the phone.

“The car had crossed into Gaza when I last saw it at that location.”

After a while, Hamas sent us a video showing Omer and his pals riding in the back of a pickup truck.

“We received official confirmation from the government three days later that Omer was being held captive in Gaza.”

“Omer is a wonderful boy,” Mr. Shem-Tov continued.

Every Friday night, he would arrive home for dinner.

He would then go out with his pals after that.

We only want him back.

A separate seat at the meal was reserved for Liri Albag, eighteen, who was kidnapped from the Nahal Oz kibbutz, which is located close to Gaza.

During the poignant ceremony, her father Eli Albag sobbed while holding his wife Shira and daughter Roni.

Each of them had a t-shirt with Liri’s happy face on it.

Following that, Mr. Albag, a salesperson for furniture, told MailOnline: “Liri was abducted from her bed along with six other girls.”

Hamas posted a video of her being thrown in an army jeep with three other girls.

This proof demonstrates Liri’s existence and excellent health.

The international community needs to step up its efforts right now to secure the captives’ release.

These terrorists are abducting our children in Israel right now.

It is in Europe tomorrow.

The globe must therefore take action right away.

Nearly two weeks have passed since Hamas kidnapped over 200 people.

In an initial act of kindness, the gang freed two US citizens who were being held captive in Gaza today.

According to The Daily Mail, the hostages are named Judith and Natalie Raanan, a mother and daughter from Chicago who were abducted while celebrating a relative’s birthday in Israel.

The release was announced by Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida on Friday, nearly two weeks after the militant group kidnapped 200 people during an attack on October 7 that resulted in the deaths of 1,400 Israelis, the majority of them civilians.

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