Wounded Israeli hostage operated on by vet before being released, family claims

An Israeli woman who was released by Hamas during a ceasefire late last month was reportedly operated on by a veterinarian while she was being held hostage in Gaza.

Business Insider reported that the aunt of hostage Mia Schem said her niece was operated on by a vet after she suffered an injury to her hand. Over the course of a seven-day truce between Israel and Hamas, 100 hostages were apparently freed by Hamas.

Schem’s aunt, Vivian Hadar, said that waiting for her niece to be freed from Hamas was “like Russian Roulette.” But she shared with the Jerusalem Post that “[f]inally she is with us,” adding that “[Schem] was traumatized. She is thin and weak.”

“A vet operated on her hand. She did physical therapy for herself. She told them that she was not a soldier and that she has French citizenship. I don’t ask her questions and did not dig because when we started asking we saw that it was difficult for her. We are glad that she is with us. It is difficult to see her in this situation.”

“We kept wanting to know if she was on the list or not,” Hadar continued. “Yesterday we thought she was on the list and in the end they said no and it completely paralyzed me. What the families of the hostages are going through is not normal. This must not happen. All the hostages must be returned.”

“[Schem’s] hand is very sore. She knew she needed to give herself hand massages. She doesn’t say much. We just came and hugged her. She wants to see as many family members as possible. It’s not an easy time. It’s not easy what she went through and we’re looking forward.”

It is believed Schem was just one of 240 hostages taken by Hamas during a surprise attack against Israel on October 7. Schem had attended the Supernova music festival near the border of Gaza when the attack broke out.

Though many people at the music festival were fatally shot, Schem was apparently shot in the hand and subsequently taken hostage.

Schem went on to mention that the food she was given after Hamas militants abducted her was “good, and the kindness and everything good.”

Since the seven-day ceasefire, Israel has resumed its attack on Gaza, continuing with its goal of annihilating Hamas from the region.

The Israeli government recently stated that it wants a buffer zone installed between Israel and Gaza after the war, so as not to allow another surprise attack.

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