The family of Ron Binyamin, who has been missing since the October 7 Hamas assault, say they have been officially informed that he was taken hostage in Gaza.
Binyamin, 53, from Rehovot, was on a bicycle ride with friends near Kibbutz Be’eri when the assault started. He tried to return home but lost contact with his family. His car was later found riddled with bullets.
“It’s a good feeling after such a long time in which we did not know what happened to him,” his brother Shuki told Ynet. “It’s funny that I’m happy to hear he is a hostage.”
Shuki said the army had previously told the family to prepare for the possibility that his fate may never be known.
Several people remain unaccounted for after the Hamas assault, with no evidence of them being taken hostage and no remains found. Some bodies from the massacre have been almost impossible to identify due to the damage suffered.