In a terrifying video produced by Hamas terrorists, one of the at least 199 hostages is shown pleading for aid from around the globe.
The young Israeli woman, named as Mia Shem, was abducted at a music festival close to the Gaza Strip on October 7 and hasn’t been seen since.
For the first time, Hamas has made video of any of the Israelis it is keeping hostage in the Palestinian enclave available; it was posted on Telegram late on Monday.
Here is what we currently know about Mia:
Where was Mia Shem taken hostage?
The 21-year-old French-Israeli national was one of the numerous revelers kidnapped by Hamas from the Tribe of Nova music festival, which was held close to the Gaza Strip and during which the militants massacred 260 other attendees.
Shem’s family thought she had been abducted, but they were unsure of the young woman’s status until the footage was made public late on Monday.
On October 7, her mother Keren Shem claimed that her daughter had informed her that she was heading “to a party down south.” The distraught mother called Shem several times after learning of the slaughter, but she never received a response.
Shem’s family has reportedly been in frequent contact with the Israel Defense Forces since they notified them last week that she was one of the hostages.
“They are taking care of me, giving me medicine, everything is fine,” Shem said in the clip.
“I only ask that they bring me home as soon as possible to my parents, to my siblings. Get me out of here as soon as possible. Please.”
Soon after the hostage footage emerged, Shem’s family held a press conference in Tel Aviv begging for their daughter’s safe return.
“I saw she is alive … I heard before rumors that she was shot in the shoulder or in the leg so I can see she was shot in her shoulder, I see she had an operation, she looks very terrified, she looks like she is in big pain, and I can see that she says what they tell her to say,” her mom told reporters.
“I ask world leaders that my daughter be returned to us in the state that she is today, as well as the other hostages,” the mom added as she held up a photo of her daughter.
“I am begging the world to return my baby to me. It is a crime against humanity. All together we need to stop this terror.”
Shem’s aunt told Israeli media that the family had seen the hostage video and confirmed it was her.
“Today [the family] called me screaming and told me that they see Mia in a video on Telegram. I saw her, and I thought I was dreaming. I finally saw the girl after all this time,” her aunt Galit told Israeli reporters. “She looks hurt and scared — but at least she’s alive.”
The IDF slammed the release of the hostage video, saying Hamas was trying “to portray themselves as humane.”
“Last week, Mia was abducted by Hamas. IDF officials have since informed Mia’s family and are in continuous contact with them,” they wrote on social media.
“In the video published by Hamas, they try to portray themselves as humane. However, they are a horrific terrorist organization responsible for the murder and abduction of babies, children, men, women and the elderly.”