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Man says he saw wife, 2 young children, mother-in-law in Gaza video of hostages

Screenshot said to show members of an Israeli family being kidnapped by Hamas and taken to Gaza, October 7, 2023. (Channel 12 screenshot)
Screenshot said to show members of an Israeli family being kidnapped by Hamas and taken to Gaza, October 7, 2023. (Channel 12 screenshot)

A man says his wife, two young children and mother-in-law have been taken to Gaza and that he has seen them in a video from the coastal enclave.

Yoni Asher tells Channel 12 news that his wife and children aged three and five were visiting his mother-in-law at Kibbutz Nir Oz near the Gaza border when they were taken during an infiltration by Hamas terrorists.

Earlier this afternoon, he told the outlet that he had not spoken to his family for a number of hours but that he had tracked his wife’s phone to the Gaza Strip.

Asher issued desperate pleas for help in finding his family, speaking to multiple outlets in the hope that he could get the message out.

“I have seen my wife’s phone in [Gaza city] Khan Yunis,” he told the Kan public broadcaster. “I contacted the police, the Home Front Command and I don’t know what’s going on. I need your help so that I can contact my wife, my daughters and my mother-in-law.”

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