Aunt of Released Hostage Says He Managed to Escape While in Gaza, But Was Recaptured

By Yoni Weiss

Palestinians walk among the rubble as they inspect houses destroyed in Israeli strikes, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Monday. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)

Yelena Magid, the aunt of Ron Krivoi, who was taken hostage during Hamas’s attack on Oct. 7 and released on Sunday night, said he told her that he managed to escape from his captors in the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Kan Reshet Bet on Monday, she said that after several days of hiding alone, local residents identified him, captured him, and handed him back to the terrorists.

Krivoi, a 25-year-old Russian-Israeli dual national, was released by Hamas following the intervention of the Russian government, in addition to 13 other Israelis.

Krivoi worked as a sound engineer at the large gathering near Kibbutz Re’im, from where he was kidnapped.

“He tried getting to the border. He did not have the capacity to understand where he was and where he needed to go, so he could not navigate the open field. He was alone,” Magid added.

“I asked him today, ‘How are you feeling? Do you have nightmares?’ He answered that he has nightmares from the gathering and from the captivity, “but that is good, it means I am handling it well.”

Krivoi suffered head wounds during the collapse of the building he was kept in, his aunt further revealed. “He has some other injuries, he is okay. He is being checked,” she said.

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