Nili Margalit was released on November 30 as part of an extension of a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel. This is the story of her capture:
Nili Margalit, 41, was taken hostage by Hamas terrorists at her Kibbutz Nir Oz home on October 7, when they invaded the community, killing and kidnapping more than one-quarter of the kibbutz.
Margalit, a nurse at Soroka Hospital, was in touch with several friends the morning of the attack. At the time, she was in her safe room with her dog and texted that the terrorists had been walking around “for hours.”
She reported that she was locked in her safe room and could hear gunfire outside.
After 9:12 a.m., there was no communication from her.
Her Nir Oz house was completely burned, and it took several weeks for the army to confirm that Margalit was taken hostage to Gaza.
When former hostage Yocheved Lifshitz was released on October 23, she reported that Margalit had been held captive with her and was working as a nurse, caring for people. “Just like she always does,” said one of Margalit’s friends in a Kan video.
Medical professionals from all over the world have been photographed with Margalit’s “kidnapped” sign, raising awareness to bring her home.
Margalit was released from Gaza on November 30, 2023. A day later, on December 1, 2023, the IDF confirmed the death of her father, Eliyahu Margalit, whose body remains in Gaza.