Rescued hostage’s mother: Almog Meir Jan was held in the home of wealthy Gazans, ‘he didn’t starve’

Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan is reunited with his family at Sheba Medical Center, June 8, 2024. (IDF)
Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan is reunited with his family at Sheba Medical Center, June 8, 2024. (IDF)

Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan’s mother Orit Meir is quoted as saying that her son was held in the home of wealthy Gazans during his eight months of captivity.

“He got food once or twice a day, not always tasty, not healthy – but he didn’t starve,” she is quoted as saying by the Ynet news site.

Meir Jan was rescued from Gaza along with Andrey Kozlov, Shlomi Ziv, and Noa Argamani last weekend from in a heroic operation by Israeli forces.

Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan raises his hands in celebration as he is escorted from an IDF helicopter on arrival at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, June 8, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The rescued hostage’s mother also points out that her son was held with Kozlov and Ziv for the entirety of his captivity: “He was not alone.”

Reports this week since the rescue have detailed the psychological torture the hostages endured since they were kidnapped on October 7,  including being told by guards that Israel did not care about them at all, or that their loved ones had deserted them.

“He thought that I had moved on with my life, he did not know that I fought for him and the other hostages,” Orit Meir says.

Meir Jan, 21, Kozlov, 27, Ziv, 40 and Argamani, 26, were abducted from the Supernova music festival near the Re’im kibbutz on the morning of October 7, when some 3,000 Hamas-led terrorists killed 1,200 people and took 251 hostages in a murderous rampage in southern Israel.

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