Hersh Goldberg-Polin and Sagui Dekel-Chen, American citizens, are among the hostages kidnapped by Hamas terrorists during the Gaza attacks.

Who are Hersh Goldberg-Polin and Sagui Dekel Chen? 

Mother of Hersh Goldberg-Polin (x/@avivaklompas)

In the aftermath of the devastating Hamas attacks in Gaza on October 7, 2023, the international community is grappling with the plight of hostages, including Americans Hersh Goldberg-Polin and Sagui Dekel-Chen. The situation remains grim as families anxiously await news on the fate of their loved ones.

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Hersh Goldberg-Polin, a 23-year-old dual US-Israeli citizen, was among those caught in the violence at the Supernova music festival. Witnesses reported him being forced onto a white pickup truck, the last-known signal from his phone emanating from within Gaza. Tragically, there are reports suggesting he might have been taken captive by Hamas during the chaos that ensued.

Sagui Dekel-Chen, an American-Israeli citizen of unknown age, is another individual who has been missing since the attack on Nir Oz, the kibbutz where he resided. His father, Jonathan Dekel-Chen, expressed deep concern as he has not heard from his son since the attack. The family is left in distress, seeking information about Sagui’s whereabouts amid fears that he might be held captive.

The Israeli government, along with international authorities, continues to investigate and negotiate for the release of those abducted during the attacks. Families, overwhelmed by uncertainty, are holding out hope for the safe return of their loved ones. The list of hostages is extensive, with citizens from various countries, adding complexity to the diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

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As the situation unfolds, governments and support organizations are working tirelessly to gather information and ensure the safe return of the hostages. The tragedy underscores the broader impact of such terroristic acts, leaving families in anguish and nations grappling with the challenge of securing the release of their citizens from the clutches of terrorist groups like Hamas.