Tamir Nimrodi, 19, a soldier serving in COGAT’s Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip, was taken hostage from his base near the Erez Crossing on October 7.
Nimrodi had just gone to sleep in the early morning hours of October 7 when the base was attacked by Hamas terrorists. He had been with his friends in another part of the base, but got tired and went to bed.
When the sirens began sounding, Nimrodi wrote to his mother, around 6:45 a.m., asking how she was and telling her there was a rocket attack.
By 7:12 a.m., he had been abducted, along with fellow soldiers Ron Sherman and Nik Baizer.
Nimrodi’s friends who had remained in the other part of the base survived the attack.
When the Nimrodi family saw a Hamas video of him later that day, his mother noted that Tamir didn’t have his glasses. He and the others were seated on the floor, their hands behind their heads, looking down.
“He can’t see a meter without his glasses,” she said.
Nimrodi’s birthday was on November 15, marked during his captivity in Gaza.