Brother of Gaza hostage Itzik Elgarat says Hamas claims he is no longer alive

Itzik Elgarat was taken captive from his Kibbutz Nir Oz home by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)
Itzik Elgarat was taken captive from his Kibbutz Nir Oz home by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)

Danny Elgarat, whose brother Itzik Elgarat was taken hostage on October 7, says that he was informed by the military that Hamas claims his brother is no longer alive.

“I met with our intelligence officers yesterday and as far as Hamas is concerned, my brother is not alive,” Danny tells Channel 12, referring to the army representatives assigned to the family.

“In all the reports that Hamas sends, in all the intelligence that comes in, Itzik is not alive,” Danny says. “He was kidnapped alive, the hostage Yelena sat with him for a whole day and talked to him.”

“The doctor who treated him gave us an accurate report of what treatment he received. He received really excellent care there, they saved his hand,” Danny says, without giving further details on how the information was received from the doctor.

“We knew that on January 1 he moved from Khan Younis to Rafah. We know that he was in motion, that he was alive,” Danny says.

“When we said that time was running out and we needed to bring them home, they thought we were just stressed and talking out of pain,” he says. “We were not just speaking out of pain.”

Itzik Elgarat, 69, was in his Kibbutz Nir Oz home on the morning of October 7 when Hamas terrorists attacked his home, shooting him through his safe room door and injuring him, then taking him captive.

Illustrative: Danny Elgarat, brother of hostage Itzik Elgarat, speaks at a weekly hostage families protest in Tel Aviv’s Hostages Square on June 29, 2024. (Adar Eyal/Hostages and Missing Families Forum)

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