Eitan Yahalomi, a 12-year-old dual Israeli-French citizen, has been freed from captivity in Gaza, bringing an end to a traumatic ordeal.
Who is Eitan Yahalomi?
Eitan’s aunt, Devora Cohen, reveals the harrowing details of his captivity, stating that Hamas terrorists subjected him to watching disturbing videos of their atrocities on October 7. Cohen describes the militants as “monsters” and discloses that any child’s cry in captivity was met with rifle threats to maintain silence.
Initially kidnapped with his mother and two sisters, Eitan’s family managed to escape, but he was taken into Gaza on a moped. His father, Ohad, who was shot in a confrontation with Hamas terrorists, remains captive in Gaza.
IDF footage captures the emotional moment when Eitan Yahalomi was reunited with his mother, Batsheva, after 52 days of separation. The video highlights the challenges faced by the family, with Eitan’s father still held in Gaza.
Batsheva recounts the family’s initial collective kidnapping to Gaza, where she, her 10-year-old daughter, and 18-month-old baby girl were separated from Ohad and Eitan. A fortunate intervention by IDF tanks near the Gaza border allowed her and her daughters to escape, marking the last time she saw her son.
As the family begins the process of healing and reuniting, Eitan Yahalomi’s story stands as a testament to resilience in the face of adversity. The IDF’s successful mission to bring Eitan home offers hope for the eventual return of Ohad, ensuring that this family can rebuild and move forward after enduring unimaginable trauma.