Knesset Committee: Hamas Terrorists Gave Released Hostages Tranquilizers

A member of the Racing Pigeon Club of Israel releases homing pigeons in a ceremony to request the return of hostages from Gaza, at the entrance to Kibbutz Be’eri, Monday. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

During Tuesday’s Health Committee discussion in the Knesset, it was disclosed that Hamas terrorists provided tranquilizers and vitamins to the hostages right before their release. The vitamins were given to make the abductees appear “happy,” showcasing Hamas’s attempt to exploit the situation for psychological terror.

Health Ministry representatives shared this information during the hearing, emphasizing the need for a detailed report on the medical findings.

This incident follows a pattern of Hamas using psychological tactics, as seen in a recent hostage release event where hostages were instructed to wave at their captors.

Additionally, Army Radio reported that released Israeli abductees testified about Hamas interrogating them during captivity, focusing on their IDF activities. Some abductees claimed physical force was used in these interrogations. Hamas also attempted to cross-reference information by separately questioning neighbors about each other’s IDF service.

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