“In some instances, youngsters have been taken moments after watching their dad and mom being brutally murdered,” stated Dr. Zion Hagai, chairman of the Israel Medical Affiliation. “They aren’t solely compelled to dwell with this trauma however to expertise it in an odd, darkish and scary place.”
Audio system highlighted the instances of a number of notably weak hostages, amongst them Raz Ben Ami, 57, from the Be’eri kibbutz, who was being handled for neurosarcoidosis, a critical and uncommon illness that impacts the mind, spinal twine or peripheral nerves, inflicting listening to and imaginative and prescient loss, confusion, agitation and different results.
Dr. Arnon Elizur spoke of a younger affected person, Yagil Yaakov, who has a life-threatening peanut allergy and will die in minutes if he have been uncovered to even hint quantities of peanut powder. Islamic Jihad, one other militant group within the Gaza Strip, just lately printed a video of the boy, trying pale and skinny, with darkish shadows below his eyes.
“I can’t think about what goes via his thoughts when he’s served meals,” Dr. Elizur stated. “Can he make sure it doesn’t comprise hint quantities of peanuts? Each meal for him is like enjoying Russian roulette.”
The son of one other hostage, Haim Peri, stated that his father had superior coronary heart illness.
“He’s an artist, a peace activist and a person who at all times fought for human rights,” stated the son, Noam Peri. “He’s a courageous man, however at age 80, he isn’t a wholesome man, and requires every day drugs. He is not going to survive captivity for lengthy.”