The dramatic testimony of Sapir Cohen, one of the Hamas hostages

The dramatic testimony of Sapir Cohen, one of the Hamas hostages
The dramatic testimony of Sapir Cohen, one of the Hamas hostages

The testimony of Sapir Cohen, one of those kidnapped by Hamas

In a dramatic testimony, Sapir Cohen, A young Israeli woman kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, 2023, has recounted the horror she experienced during her captivity in the Gaza Strip. The attack resulted in the death of 1,200 people and the kidnapping of 253. There are still 19 women still being held.

The 29-year-old was released on November 30, 2023 from Gaza as part of an extension of a temporary ceasefire agreement brokered by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel. She spent almost two months in captivity.

On October 6, on the eve of Simchat Torah, Cohen and her boyfriend, Alex Trufanov They headed to the Kibbutz Nir Oz to spend the holidays with his parents. The next morning, they woke up to loud explosions.

Cohen described how Hamas terrorists broke into her home, violently neutralizing her boyfriend, whom she saw with a bloodied face before being killed. taken in a nightgown and on a motorcycle to Gaza. “I told the boy in front ‘I’m a girl,’ but the terrorist didn’t care,” Cohen recalled in a testimony published on the Israel Instagram account in Argentina.

Upon arriving in Gaza, Cohen was greeted with a brutal beating by a crowd of civilians. “I saw thousands of civilians and they all came to beat me. They hit me very hard, I had to protect myself with my hands”, he recounted.

The 29-year-old was released on November 30, 2023 from Gaza as part of an extension of a temporary ceasefire agreement brokered by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel (Hostages and Missing Families Forum/Handout via REUTERS)

During his captivity, Cohen suffered constant physical and psychological abuse. Two terrorists kept watch on her, taking photos of her without her consent and mocking her. “They made obscene gestures with their hands, harassed us and cursed us at night,” she added.

Cohen described how guards looked for any sign of weakness to escalate the harassment, comparing them to “prey animals.” “He put his hands on my head and said: ‘God, please take care of me. I don’t want to die here’”he expressed, remembering the fear and desperation he felt.

Since her release, Cohen has been traveling to tell her story to Jewish communities around the world, according to the outlet. JNS: “They need to hear it from us, they can’t identify themselves by watching television. Since I started going, we have received contributions and many delegations of volunteers come to Israel to help.”

In Israel, Cohen attends weekly unity demonstrations for the release of the hostages, the outlet revealed: “We cannot stay at home in silence and fear. We need to go out and interact with secular and religious people, listen to prayers and hear the words of grieving families and hostages. “We cannot have unity from one day to the next, but we can begin to rebuild.”

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahuinsisted this Monday during a speech for Israel’s Independence Day that his forces will defeat Hamas and bring back the hostages held by Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip.

In front of the official ceremony, which this year has been pre-recorded, about 1,000 people gathered this Monday in an amphitheater in Binyamina, in the north of Israel, to demand the return of the hostages.

(With information from EP)

 
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