Sister pleads for release of Bibas family, including baby, still held in Gaza

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Ofri Bibas wears a shirt with a picture of her brother, sister-in-law and their two children, age 4 and 10 months, held hostage in Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Nov. 21, 2023. (AP/Ariel Schalit)
Ofri Bibas wears a shirt with a picture of her brother, sister-in-law and their two children, age 4 and 10 months, held hostage in Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Nov. 21, 2023. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

Ofri Bibas pleads for the release of her brother Yarden Bibas, his wife Shiri, 32, and their sons Ariel, 4, and 10-month-old Kfir.

“We’re talking to you today because tomorrow is the last day of the current ceasefire,” she tells reporters. “At the moment they are the youngest hostages still remaining in Hamas captivity.”

“We don’t know where they’ve been held. From what we know, they are kept underground,” says Ofri. “We’re really worried about the 10-month-old baby with formula as the main diet.”

“We call upon the Israeli government and Qatar and Egypt, everybody who is involved in these negotiations and this deal, to do whatever they can to include our family in this deal and to release them as soon as possible,” says Ofri.

The Bibas family, father Yarden, mother Shiri, baby Kfir and four-year-old Ariel, were taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Nir Oz (Courtesy)

The IDF said yesterday that the Bibas family was transferred by Hamas to another Palestinian terror group in Gaza, dampening hopes of their release during the current truce.

Ofri Bibas says she has no information on who is holding them, but calls the failure to release them psychological warfare.

“It’s working really well because the last four days have been a big nightmare,” she says. “I hope they don’t hold them as a trophy.”

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