Families of Hostages Say They Did Not Receive Medications

By Hamodia Staff

Rescued hostages Fernando Simon Marman (L) and Norberto Louis Har (R).

The families of Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har, the two hostages held by Hamas in Rafah who were rescued by Israeli on Sunday night, said that the abductees did not receive medicine while they were in captivity, Arutz Sheva reported.

An agreement had been reached on January 16, 2024, with the mediation of Qatar and France, under which Israel would allow an increase in the humanitarian aid it allowed into Gaza in exchange for a guarantee that the hostages would receive medications. Many of the medicines required by the hostages were life-saving medications, including blood pressure medicines and cancer drugs. Louis Har required medications to treat his blood pressure and diabetes.

The agreement did not include a mechanism to ensure that the medications would actually reach the hostages, and several family members of the hostages had asked that the International Committee of the Red Cross provide photographic evidence that their relatives actually received their medications.

Professor Hagai Levin told Maariv, “If these reports were true, and the hostages did not receive their medication, that constitutes a most concerning breach of the agreements.

“We are very concerned for the lives and welfare of the remaining hostages, who are being kept in inhumane conditions and need to be rescued and cared for.”

In addition to the lack of medicines, the families said that the released hostages suffered from malnutrition, unhygienic conditions, and lack of medical care.

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