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Aunt says released hostage escaped Gaza captors, hid for 4 days before being recaptured

Elena Magid, the aunt of Israeli-Russian hostage Roni Krivoi who was set free yesterday by Hamas as a gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin, reveals that Krivoi managed to escape his captors and hide in Gaza for four days before being recaptured.

Magid tells Kan radio that Krivoi told her he had initially been held in a building that ended up collapsing as a result of IDF airstrikes, and that he managed to make it out and flee.

“He managed to escape and hid alone for several days. In the end, the Gazans captured him and returned him to the terrorists’ hands,” she says.

Source: TOI

Header: Roni Krivoi was abducted by Hamas terrorists at the October 7, 2023 Supernova desert rave, where hundreds of people were killed and taken hostage. He was released on November 26, 2023. (Courtesy)


Roni Krivoi’s siblings meet with Russian official, thanking Moscow for securing brother’s release

The brother and sister of Roni Krivoi, who was released yesterday by Hamas, meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov to thank him for helping with Roni’s release.

Bogdanov says Krivoi was released as a gesture to Russia by Hamas following the Kremlin’s request soon after the October 7 atrocities that the terror group work to release as many as eight hostages with Russian citizenship, and says he hopes more will be released going forward.

Representatives of three other Israeli-Russian families whose family members are among the hostages being held captive by Hamas in Gaza flew out to Moscow yesterday together with Krivoi’s two siblings to seek the Kremlin’s assistance in having their relatives released, Channel 12 reported.

Krivoi’s brother and sister, Igor and Yulia, were unaware that their brother was being released until they arrived in Moscow and were told after they landed.

The representatives of the three other families have remained in Moscow to seek the Kremlin’s assistance in releasing their relatives.

  • “We are grateful for all the work of the Russian Federation. For continuing it and helping to return all the other hostages. We see the results,” says Igor Krivoi, during his meeting with Bogdanov today, according to a press release put out by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“Let’s hope so,” Bogdanov replies, and says that nothing had been given to Hamas in return for Krivoi’s release.

Source: TOI

Magid added that despite some stitches on his head, Krivoi is healthy and in good physical condition.

Krivoi was released on Sunday as a gesture by Hamas toward Russian President Vladimir Putin and not as part of the four-day truce deal between Israel and Hamas in effect since Friday.

  • “It’s true that his parents had Russian citizenship because his mother’s parents lived in Saint Petersburg and obtained citizenship for Roni when he was little,” Magid said.
  • “He is an Israeli citizen, and I think that the distinction made in the media yesterday of ’13 hostages and one more’ is not appropriate. It hurts us as Israeli citizens.”

The 25-year-old was born in Israel, the youngest sibling in a Russian immigrant family. He was working as a sound technician at the Supernova festival.

He fled with a friend when the Hamas attack started, eventually hiding by himself inside a pit.

“His friend was in contact with him until 10:30 a.m. Roni told him that he heard the sounds of terrorists, and around 10:40 the friend called him and they answered in Arabic. He said ‘Roni, Roni,’ and they laughed and disconnected the phone, and after that contact was lost.”

Initially, Krivoi’s family did not know what had happened to him.

  • “We didn’t receive any information from anyone. All of our children started to piece information like a puzzle, to understand what happened with Roni, whether he was injured or not, and only after a week, on October 12, we received an official notice from the IDF that Roni was most likely kidnapped to Gaza.”
  • “He tried to reach the border, but I think because he didn’t have the means to understand where he was and where to escape to, he got tangled up in the area. For several days – four days – he was alone.
  • I asked him how do you feel? Do you have nightmares at night? He told me, ‘Listen, I have nightmares, but everything is alright.’”

Source: TOI