10 members of same kibbutz family believed held by Hamas, including 3 children

Yaheli, 3, and Naveh, 8, from Kibbutz Be’eri, have dual German citizenship. Aunt meets with German ambassador, but her requests to meet Israeli ministers go unanswered

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter

Relatives of Shaked Haran from Kibbutz Be'eri near the Gaza border missing and believed to have been in Hamas captivity since Saturday, October 7, 2023. (Courtesy)
Relatives of Shaked Haran from Kibbutz Be'eri near the Gaza border missing and believed to have been in Hamas captivity since Saturday, October 7, 2023. (Courtesy)

Ten members of the same family, including three children aged three to 12, are believed to have been kidnapped from Kibbutz Be’eri near the Gaza border on Saturday and to be in the hands of the terror group Hamas.

Shaked Haran, a lawyer for the not-for-profit Lobby99, which champions public causes, grew up on the kibbutz but recently moved with her husband and two children to the southern city of Beersheba, and so was spared.

Her brother Yuval and his wife Anna Lee are also residents of the kibbutz but were away at an event on Saturday morning.

The rest of the family was not so lucky — her parents, her sister, her sister’s husband, their two children, Yahel, 3, and Naveh, 8, an aunt and uncle and the uncle’s carer, were all at Be’eri when it was stormed by terrorists and are now gone. Another aunt and her daughter, Noam, 12, are also missing.

On Saturday morning, after a massive rocket attack on the kibbutz, dozens of Hamas terrorists entered through the main gate, shot the security guards there and went from house to house, murdering residents, blowing up the doors of safe rooms to shoot those inside and setting houses on fire.

Emergency rescue workers subsequently found 108 bodies of residents — a 10th of the kibbutz population.

A dead body after the devastating assault by Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Be’eri, near the Israeli-Gaza border, in southern Israel, October 11, 2023 (Oren Ben Hakoon/Flash90)

By the time Israeli armed forces reached the family’s homes on Saturday, they had all burned down, according to Shaked Haran’s colleague Rachel Gur, deputy director of Lobby99, who is helping to publicize the tragedy.

Nobody was to be found bar the grandmother, who is now with Haran in Beersheba.

Remains of destruction on Kibbutz Be’eri seen on October 11, 2023. (Lazar Berman / Times of Israel)

Shaked and her husband frantically called everyone’s phones through Saturday night, Gur said.

On Sunday, a man answered. With an Arabic accent, he said, in broken Hebrew, “Kidnapped Gilad Shalit, Gaza.” This was a reference to former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas on the Israeli side of the Gaza border in June 2006 and held captive for over five years, until a prisoner exchange in October 2011.

There has been no contact with the family since.

Haran’s sister Adi and the three children have dual German citizenship.

On Wednesday, according to Gur, Haran met with the German ambassador to Israel in a bid to have the Germans pressure Hamas to release the children, at the very least.

Friends have issued appeals to the international media.

No one from the Israeli government has contacted her thus far.

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