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Audio aired of hostage calling for help days before mistaken IDF killing

The voice, loud, clear and ragged with fright, echoes out between the unmistakable pops of gunshots.

“Help,” the voice cries out again and again. “Hostages Alon and Yotam. Help.”

  • The voice belongs to Alon Shamriz, one of three Israeli hostages who managed to escape their captors as they tried to alert soldiers nearby to their presence in December.
  • A second voice in the background appears to be that of Yotam Haim, another hostage.

Days later, Shamriz, Haim, and Samar Talalka would be dead, gunned down by Israel Defense Forces troops in a harrowing instance of mistaken identity as they tried to move toward the troops, shirtless and waving a white cloth.

  • “Help. We are by the stairs, under the stairs. Under the stairs,” Shamriz yells desperately. “Please help.”

The recording, published Sunday by the Kan public broadcaster, was picked up by a GoPro camera mounted on a dog from the military’s Oketz canine unit, which had been sent into a Gaza City building during a gunbattle.

Soldiers had heard shouting of “Help” and “Hostages” in Hebrew from the building, but they believed it was an attempt by Hamas to lure them into an ambush, according to an IDF probe.

They found signs left by the hostages trying to get soldiers’ attention, also dismissed as part of a ploy.

  • “Israeli hostages,” Shamriz yells in a break between the gunfire. “Help. Help.”

The dog was killed by the Hamas terrorists during the battle, and the camera was only recovered days later. By then, IDF troops had already mistakenly killed the three escaped hostages several hundred meters away.

Shamriz, 26, was abducted by Hamas terrorists from Kibbutz Kfar Aza on October 7, along with Yotam Haim, 28. They were held captive with Samar Fouad Talalka, 24, who was abducted from Nir Am.

  • “We’re inside the location,” Shamriz cries out. “Please help.”

On December 15, days after the recording was made, the three were shot dead by IDF troops in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya as they tried to reach safety, after they were mistaken by troops for Hamas gunmen.

The IDF said that it believes the three of them “fled or were abandoned by the terrorists who held them captive” as IDF forces closed in, and noted that troops had not encountered any civilians in the war-torn area of the Strip in quite some time.

A reporter for Kan posted on X that the audio was approved for publication by Avi Shamriz, Alon’s father, who spoke to Kan on camera describing the recording.

However, a brother of Alon posted on X that the family was not notified by the IDF that the recordings had been leaked to the media.

He said the Shamriz family was presented with the probe months ago, but their mother had declined to listen to the recording “because she knew she wouldn’t be able to handle it.”

  • “I thought it was behind us… no one needs to hear this. And here the IDF is leaking it and subjecting us to Hamas psychological terror. Now it’s out… forever,” he said.

Shamriz, Haim and Talalka were among 253 hostages captured on October 7 by the terror group Hamas during an onslaught on southern Israel in which some 1,200 people were also massacred.

Approximately 100 hostages remain in captivity, along with the remains of another 30 abductees, according to Israel.

Throughout the war in Gaza, the army has managed to rescue three hostages in two separate raids. At least one other hostage was killed in a botched rescue attempt.

Source: TOI

The IDF denied the appeal to recognize Shamriz as a fallen soldier

This leak happened one day after the IDF announced that it would refuse to recognize Alon Shamriz with the status of a fallen soldier, Israeli media reported.

The family of Shamriz had filed an appeal to the IDF and the state to change his status shortly after it was reported that he was killed.

  • The IDF stated that its reason for denying the appeal, was because Alon Shamriz wasn’t in active ore reserve duty at the time of his death.

Source: JPost

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Hmmn, I wonder why we’re hearing this NOW? It isn’t as though we didn’t already know. We’ve all imagined what happened on that day and have experienced grief. It’s a tragedy, no more, no less.

Did you know Yotam Haim was a drummer in a band called Persephore? They’ve released a tribute to him on You…