'Relax, she went to heaven' Hamas fighter tells sobbing Israeli children after their sister was killed

Tuesday 10 October 2023

    **This article contains descriptions readers may find distressing**

    Video shows the traumatic moment captured Israeli children react to the death of their sister after they were captured by Hamas militants.

    The footage was posted to X by senior Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs official, Ambassador David Saranga, who wrote: "This is one of those videos we wish we didn’t have to share.

    "An Israeli child is executed in front of her siblings and parents who are currently being held hostage by Hamas.

    "If this isn’t pure evil, nothing is. Please help us make sure the world knows what is happening."

    Israeli-American journalist Emily Schrader reposted the video which shows two parents attempting to calm their frightened children after their daughter was killed.

    "If you really want to know what happened in Israel, watch this: the most painful video I’ve seen yet," Ms Schrader wrote. "Terrified Israeli family being held hostage by Hamas terrorists after they killed one of the sisters of the little girl."

    In the video, a young boy and girl cower on the floor of their home with their mother and father, whose hands are bloodstained, and anxiously ask questions

    Subtitles added to the video state the sobbing boy says to his mother: "I wanted her to stay alive."

    The young girl cries: "My sister died! There is no chance she will come back?"

    "No," the mother responds.

    As the children begin to cry, a male voice off camera, believed to be one of their captors, tells them to relax, adding: "She went to heaven".

    As gunshots and explosions grow louder, the children's parents push them to the floor as their mother sobs: "Get down, I can’t afford to lose another life. It can't be real, it can't be real."

    Hamas has threatened to execute an Israeli captive every time Israel bombs a Palestinian home without warning, as Israel called up an unprecedented 300,000 reservists and imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip, raising fears it planned a ground assault.

    The violence, which has claimed more than 1,500 lives, prompted international declarations of support for Israel after a devastating weekend attack by Hamas, and appeals for an end to the fighting and protection of civilians.

    Israeli TV channels said the death toll from the Hamas attack had climbed to 900 Israelis, with at least 2,600 injured, and dozens taken captive. Among the Israeli dead were 260 mostly young people gunned down at a desert music festival, where some of the hostages were abducted.