The mother of the German-Israeli woman, 22, who was believed to have been killed by Hamas after being stripped naked, now thinks her daughter is still alive and has asked for assistance from the German government in bringing her to safety.
According to Spiegel, Shani Louk’s mother claimed that her daughter is still alive after seeing a video of an unconscious, unnamed lady being driven by militants into what appears to be Palestinian land.
“We now have further information that Shani is alive, but has a severe head injury and is in critical condition. Every minute is critical,” the desperate mother explained in a brief recording.
“We ask — no, we demand that the German government act quickly,” she continued.
“This is really my desperate call to the entire country of Germany to help me get my Shani back home healthy.”
The woman’s face is hidden in the video, which has already gone viral online, but according to Bild, Louk’s family thinks it is her because of the dreadlocks and tattoos.
According to the Daily Beast, the family was also informed that Louk’s credit card was purportedly used in Gaza on Sunday.
Another family acquaintance told Spiegel that they have not been able to visit the young woman, but they believe she is currently in the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahia, according to a family friend in the Gaza Strip.
Spiegel pointed out that although Louk has never resided in Germany, she has visited her maternal grandparents there on a regular basis.
According to the site, her family, which consists of her father, an Israeli, and mother, a Catholic who converted to Judaism, reside roughly 50 miles from the Gaza Strip.
A previous teacher at the Jewish Portland Academy in Portland, Oregon, recalled Louk as having a “beautiful smile” and being “sweet.”