The death of Ravid Katz, 51, was confirmed on November 28, 2023, after his family announced that his body was identified. This is the story of his capture and its aftermath:
Ravid Katz, 51, was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7, when they attacked Kibbutz Nir Oz where Katz lives with his family and other relatives.
On that Saturday, Ravid made sure his wife and four-month-old baby were safe with neighbors in their sealed room and went to fight the terrorists with the kibbutz security team.
Ravid’s wife and baby survived the assault, after hiding for hours.
His mother, Efrat Katz, 70, was killed and her partner, Gadi Moshe Mozes, is also captive in Gaza. Ravid’s sister Doron Katz Asher and her two daughters were taken hostage separately and released on November 24, 2023.
Ravid’s other sister, Lior Katz Natanzon, also lives at Nir Oz with her family and was away that weekend.
The family was unable to locate any sign of Ravid for many days, but received word that he was in Gaza.
On November 28, 2023, his death was confirmed.