Despite the week-long ceasefire, 130 Israeli hostages, including women, still in Hamas captivity.
Hamas tortured and murdered 25-year-old Israeli hostage, Sahar Baruch, who was taken to Gaza following the October 7 terrorist attack, the Israel media reported Sunday. Baruch, an engineering student at Ben-Gurion University, was kidnapped by terrorist intruders from his family home in Kibbutz Be’eri, a small community in southern Israel.
Earlier this week, Hamas claimed that Baruch had died during a failed attempt by the IDF to rescue hostages. But the propaganda video released by the terrorist group after Baruch’s death show his disfigured face with eyes gauged out—showing signs of similar sadistic torture and mutilations carried out by Hamas during the October 7 massacre.
Despite a week-long ceasefire, 130 Israeli hostages—including women—are still believed to be in Hamas captivity. Hamas leaders want to use them as bargaining chips and human shields as Israeli military tightens the noose around Gaza’s remaining terrorist strongholds.
(Caution Graphic Content: Click here to view the Twitter video showing Baruch’s forced statement in captivity and his mutilated corpse.)
The Times of Israel reported:
IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says civilian hostage Sahar Baruch, 25, who was confirmed dead over the weekend, was murdered by Hamas in captivity in the Gaza Strip.
“IDF representatives updated the family of the murdered civilian, the late Sahar Baruch, who was abducted on October 7. Sahar was murdered by the Hamas terror group. We are still verifying and investigating the details of where he was murdered,” Hagari says.
Hamas had published a video showing Baruch’s body, while making unverified claims as to the cause of his death.
Baruch stayed behind in a burning house to save his brother
Baruch’s community, Kibbutz Be’eri, was the scene of one of the deadliest massacres on October 7. More than 100 residents, including elderly, women, and even infants of the Kibbutz were brutally murdered by Hamas terrorists.
Kibbutz Be’eri was one of the hardest-hit areas,” the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) news agency noted. “Here, Hamas terrorists also committed unimaginable atrocities against the civilians caught by surprise. Thirty percent—300 of the 1,000 or so inhabitants—were murdered or taken hostage by the terrorists.”
The handful of men, who could be mustered to defend the Kibbutz, were overwhelmed by heavily-armed terrorist intruders. “What happened here [is that] they [Hamas] drove in convoys like ISIS, with heavy machine guns on pickups, shooting their way in – hand grenades and RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades]. Each group had a section in the kibbutz they were supposed to overtake,” one of the eye witnesses recalled.
Baruch did not run for safety, but he instead decided to stay behind in a burning house as he tried to save his injured brother Idan. Terrorists found the brothers, shot Idan and dragged Sahar into captivity.
The Jerusalem Post reported the details surrounding Baruch’s kidnapping:
Sahar Baruch, 25, was killed in Hamas captivity in Gaza after being kidnapped on October 7, according to a joint statement from his community, Kibbutz Be’eri, and the Hostages and Missing Families Forum.
Baruch’s brother, Idan, was murdered by Hamas during the October 7 massacre. Sahar was considered missing for weeks, until his family received the message that he was being held captive by Hamas. (…)
The late Baruch was an electrical engineering student at Ben-Gurion University, his family told Israeli media. “Sahar was at home with his brother Idan at his mother’s house, they woke up in the morning like the rest of us from alerts and the explosions,” his aunt said in an interview with Israeli media. “They entered and closed themselves in the mamad but couldn’t close the door, so they closed it with a closet. When the fire started, three grenades were thrown into the mamad – Idan was hit and Sahar treated him for hours.”
She added, “When the house started to burn and it was already too hot to stay in the house, they decided to jump out,” she added. “In the beginning, Idan jumped and probably near that he was shot and killed. Sahar stayed behind for a few more minutes to bring him the inhaler because Idan was asthmatic. For more than two weeks we did not know what happened to him and then some information was received that he was not in Israeli territory.”
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