Chana Katzir’s Condition Deteriorates After Gaza Captivity

By Yoni Weiss

A Red Cross vehicle, carrying hostages abducted by Hamas, arrives at the Rafah border, Nov. 24. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Mrs. Chana Katzir, one of the first Hamas hostages released, is now in critical condition, as announced by Kibbutz Nir Oz on Wednesday. She reportedly developed a heart condition during her captivity in Gaza and was hospitalized in serious condition.

In a statement, Katzir’s family emphasized the dire situation in Gaza, stating, “Our mother’s deteriorating health is proof that every day in Gaza poses life-threatening risks for captives. The conditions in captivity are unacceptable for human life.”

The family attributed Katzir’s heart problems to the trauma, hunger, and lack of adequate medical care endured during her captivity. Katzir, 77, from Kibbutz Nir Oz, was among the first hostages released after spending 49 days in captivity. Sadly, her husband, Avraham, Hy”d, was murdered during the same incident, while her son Elad remains in Gaza.

Carmit Palty Katzir, Katzir’s daughter, highlighted that her mother did not suffer from these health issues before the abduction, mentioning, “Today is my mother’s birthday; we had hoped to celebrate with her. However, she returned heartbroken and with cardiac problems.”

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