After Putin intervened for his release, last Sunday, along with the third phase, Roni Krivoy, 25, from Karmiel, was also released. Krivoy was kidnapped from the party and is the first man to be released in the kidnapping deal.
Ron Krivoy, photo: uncredited
"We thank all the citizens of the State of Israel for their support, we will not stop until all the families get their loved ones back," Igor and Yulia, Roni Krivoy's brother and sister, said of his release from Hamas captivity.
"We are aware of the discourse surrounding the events that happened to Roni during his captivity, and it is important for us to emphasize that the many publications are inaccurate and sometimes distorted. Roni is a citizen of the State of Israel with Russian citizenship since his birth in the State of Israel. We thank everyone who played a part in Roni being released from Hamas captivity: the IDF, the Foreign Ministry, the War Cabinet ministers and the Russian government.
"We will take a few days to wrap Roni and then return to activity at the family headquarters - we will not stop until the rest of the families receive their loved ones back from Hamas captivity. We ask the media in Israel and around the world to respect our privacy. We do not intend to be interviewed on the matter at this time, as all our efforts are in rehabilitating Ronnie."
Tamar, 78, was released in the fifth round. She was abducted from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz together with her husband Yoram. She joined the Nir Oz community in the <>s and served the kibbutz in various ways.
Tamar Metzger, photo: uncredited
Ayala Metzger, her daughter-in-law, said: "Meeting her was exciting and joyful. She is fully conscious, vital, happy. State aware Environment awareness. She is sharp in her reactions and with her characteristic humor and even laughed at the situation. From what I understand, she really didn't get all the medication she needed. Take care of her medication that she will survive with. She was injured in the kidnapping. They dragged her to the floor and then loaded her onto a motorcycle. She injured her knees and suffered bruises and abrasions in several places. She had scars left and it took about a month for it to start healing."
She described the conditions of captivity in which she was subjected. "As soon as they got there, they dressed them in pancakes. There were toilets and as the war progressed the cleaning and maintenance were less good. The diet was very poor. They were given a pita that was probably baked in an oven with sand and had sand and murky water inside. The conditions were very difficult. How did they pass the time? They talked to each other a lot when he was with whom. Very bad conditions. Mattresses on the floor."
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Family members make sure to keep Metzger updated slowly on the hard news. "She had partial information and is still completing it. She is slowly told about people from the kibbutz who are not because it is difficult to contain everything. The survivors from Kibbutz Nir Oz took a month to digest the blow."
In Gaza, her husband Yoram remained 80 years old. "She is very worried about her husband who was left behind. We must continue to release the hostages. I understand the call and the need to continue fighting, but on the other hand, the State of Israel must bring these people home. Then they will collapse and be eliminated, which is something that should have been done earlier. First of all, there is the obligation to these families and people who have already been abandoned once. The older people are running out of time. They don't have time. Yoram is 80 years old and also needs medication."
Gabriela Leimberg, Mia Leimberg and Clara Merman
Of the five family members abducted from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, three returned yesterday – Gabriella Leimberg and her daughter Mia Leimberg, and her sister Clara Merman. Gabriella and Mia came to visit Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak and Clara that Shabbat. When the attack began, the family tried to hide in the safe room, but the terrorists broke in and kidnapped everyone, including Mia's dog.
From right: Mia Leimberg, Clara, Gabriela Leimberg and Clara Merman, photo: None
Janet, spokeswoman for Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, said: "Clara, a kibbutz member, immigrated from Argentina 40 years ago. She is currently undergoing medical examinations. She feels fine. Like everyone else, she probably lost weight but feels good. She is happy to return to her family and very sad to have been told about those who have not returned. Luis Herr, her partner and her brother Fernando are being held there.
"She came back with Gabriella and Mia. And miraculously and surprisingly also with the dog Bella we were all looking for. It's good that the girl came back with the dog, maybe it helped her. At the moment, Clara's daughters are with her. The community at the Caesar Hotel in Eilat waited together to hear. And they made a video to send to Clara, so she could see how many people were waiting for her."
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