Israeli hostage, 85, says she met Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar in Gaza tunnel and ... trends now

Israeli hostage, 85, says she met Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar in Gaza tunnel and ... trends now
Israeli hostage, 85, says she met Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar in Gaza tunnel and ... trends now

Israeli hostage, 85, says she met Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar in Gaza tunnel and ... trends now

An elderly Israeli hostage who was kept in Gaza's underground tunnels for two weeks claims Hamas' leader stayed silent when she confronted him about acting violently against civilians. 

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, was taken against her will from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz during Hamas' incursion into Israel on October 7. 

She said while she was a captive, she met Yahya Sinwar and confronted him as to why he had ordered his troops to attack civilian settlements across Israel. 

'Sinwar was with us three to four days after we arrived,' Lifshitz told the Davar newspaper. 

'I asked him how he is not ashamed to do such a thing to people who all these years have supported peace. He didn't answer. He was silent.'

Yocheved was one of four women freed early on in the bloodiest between Hamas and Israel in decades. 

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, (pictured, centre) was taken against her will from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz during Hamas' incursion into Israel on October 7

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, (pictured, centre) was taken against her will from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz during Hamas' incursion into Israel on October 7

She said while she was a captive, she met Yahya Sinwar (pictured) and confronted him as to why he had ordered his troops to attack civilian settlements across Israel

She said while she was a captive, she met Yahya Sinwar (pictured) and confronted him as to why he had ordered his troops to attack civilian settlements across Israel

Video of her shaking the hand of a masked captor and saying 'shalom', the Hebrew word for peace, made headlines across the world. 

When asked why she did this upon her release, she simply said: 'They treated us gently and met all our needs.'

Despite her treatment, she admitted she 'went through hell' during her two week stint as a hostage.  

On top of this, her husband, 83-year-old Oded, remains in captivity, and the state of his wellbeing is currently unknown. 

The 85-year-old's comments come after reports that Sinwar also met other hostages shortly after their capture.  

During the visit, Sinwar and his brother Mohammed, a senior figure in the group’s armed wing, told the hostages they would not be harmed and would be returned to Israel as part of an exchange deal.

A relative of a recently released hostage told Israeli broadcast media that Sinwar told the group in Hebrew: 'Hello, I am Yahya Sinwar. You are the most protected here. Nothing will happen to you.'

Israel has compared Sinwar to Osama Bin Laden, and had promised that his days are numbered. 

Sinwar was exchanged with hundreds of other Palestinians for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured in June 2006 and held for five years

Sinwar was exchanged with hundreds of other Palestinians for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured in June 2006 and held for five years

Sinwar is seen in 2011 being hugged and kissed by Palestinians on release from an Israeli prison

Sinwar is seen in 2011 being hugged and kissed by Palestinians on release from an Israeli prison

The 60-year-old political leader is the head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and was designated a terrorist by the United States in 2015.

He has been arrested by Israel multiple times and spent 24 years in Israeli prisons, and was freed in 2011, as part of a prisoner swap in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. 

Sinwar is being held responsible for the murder of 1,200 Israelis during Hamas' incursion. 

'Yahya Sinwar is the face of evil,' said Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, a spokesman for the IDF.

'He is the mastermind behind this, like bin Laden was.

'He built his career on murdering Palestinians when he understood they were collaborators. That's how he became known as the butcher of Khan Younis [in southern Gaza].'

Palestinians, who fled their houses amid Israeli strikes, shelter at a United Nations-run school in Gaza on Saturday

Palestinians, who fled their houses amid Israeli strikes, shelter at a United Nations-run school in Gaza on Saturday 

Palestinians wait at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt

Palestinians wait at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt

A Palestinian family gather their possessions on Saturday and prepared to flee Israel's ground offensive

A Palestinian family gather their possessions on Saturday and prepared to flee Israel's ground offensive

So far 89 captives have been released and another ten are due to be freed on Wednesday night ahead of end of the temporary truce at 7am tomorrow.

Hamas terrorists still hold at least eight children as hostages in Gaza as the ceasefire enters its final day, as Qatari mediators said they were working for a 'sustainable ceasefire'.

Meanwhile, Hamas said today they

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