RELEASED: Adina Moshe, 72, freed after 49 days in Gaza

Taken on a motorcycle from the kibbutz she helped build, Nir Oz, on October 7

Adina Moshe (Courtesy)
Adina Moshe (Courtesy)

Adina Moshe was released on November 24 as part of a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel. This is the story of her capture:

The last time Anat Shoshany spoke with her grandparents, Adina and Sa’id David Moshe, was on the morning of October 7 as they reported hearing gunshots outside their home on Kibbutz Nir Oz.

Shoshany’s aunt, uncle and five children also lived on Nir Oz, but Shoshany and her parents first realized what was happening after a terrorist filmed himself killing their neighbor and then posted the video on the victim’s Facebook page.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Shoshany recounted the events of the horrific morning, as her 75-year-old grandfather held onto the handle of the sealed room door, attempting to hold off the Hamas terrorists who had entered the house.

This handout photo provided by Anat Moshe Shoshany/Elinor Shahar Personal Management shows David Moshe and his wife Adina Moshe in an unknown location. (Anat Moshe Shoshany/Elinor Shahar Personal Management via AP)

The terrorists shot repeatedly at the sealed room window and finally succeeded in opening it, shooting Sa’id David Moshe and killing him instantly. Adina Moshe was pulled through the window by the terrorists.

By 12 p.m., friends had found and forwarded a Hamas video found on social media, showing Adina Moshe in a red t-shirt, seated on a motorcycle between two terrorists, in Gaza.

“She needed to hold onto the terrorist who killed her husband so that she wouldn’t fall off,” said Shoshany. “We don’t know anything else besides what we see in this video. We don’t know if she’s alive or dead.”

Shoshany told AP that her grandmother had heart surgery last year, and is in Gaza without her medication. The family is trying to work through various organizations to get the medicine to Adina in captivity, she said.

Shoshany’s aunt, uncle and children survived and were evacuated to Eilat.

Her uncle returned home to see what he could find out about his parents. He went to his parents’ house on Nir Oz, the kibbutz that they helped build.

The house was burned to the ground, and Shoshany’s uncle could see his father’s body with several gunshot wounds, lying on the ground in the sealed room, alongside a wall full of bullet holes.

“There was no sign of my grandmother,” said Shoshany. “But at least we could see where she is, in Gaza. So many families don’t know where their loved ones are.”

Shoshany described the Nir Oz community as the birthplace of Adina and David Moshe’s romance and family life. The two met at the pool and for years, Adina worked as a minder of small children, known by generations of kibbutz residents, according to AP.

Yet the close proximity to Gaza was always a concern. Shoshany told AP that her grandmother always said that if terrorists would come to her house, she would make her coffee and put out some cookies.

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