Ravid Katz, 51, secured wife & baby before capture and murder

Went to fight terrorists with Kibbutz Nir Oz security team; on November 28, family received word he was killed

Ravid Katz, resident of Kibbutz Nir Oz, who was believed to be a captive in Gaza, was identified as killed in the October 7, 2023, Hamas assault on November 28, 2023. (Courtesy)
Ravid Katz, resident of Kibbutz Nir Oz, who was believed to be a captive in Gaza, was identified as killed in the October 7, 2023, Hamas assault on November 28, 2023. (Courtesy)

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.

Ravid’s sister Doron Katz Asher and her two daughters were taken hostage separately and released on November 24, 2023. Doron’s mother, Efrat (who is not Ravid’s mother) was killed and Efrat’s boyfriend Gadi Mozes was taken hostage and is still captive in Gaza.

Ravid’s other sister, Leeor 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.

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