Hamas releases video of kidnapped American, proving they are alive

Hamas has recently released a new video showing the first proof-of-life footage of American hostage Keith Siegal. In the three-minute-long footage, Siegal appears gaunt and emotional, shedding tears at one point. Alongside Siegal, fellow hostage Omri Miran also appears in the video, both expressing their desire for a hostage deal that would see them and other captives returned home.

The video is undated, but Siegal, 64, mentions the Passover holiday, while Miran, 46, reveals he has been held captive for 202 days. Siegal and his wife, Aviva Siegel, were taken hostage at their home in Kibbutz Kfar Aza during Hamas' attacks in Israel on Oct. 7, which resulted in the death of 1,200 people. Aviva was among the hostages released in November as part of a temporary cease-fire agreement between Hamas and Israel.

The release of the proof-of-life footage provides a glimpse into the condition of the hostages and their plea for a resolution to their captivity. The emotional display by Siegal and Miran highlights the human toll of being held captive under such circumstances.

It is important to note that Hamas' actions in holding hostages and releasing propaganda videos are condemned by the international community. The use of hostages for political gain is a violation of human rights and goes against the principles of international law.

As the situation continues to unfold, it is crucial for diplomatic efforts to be made to secure the safe return of all hostages held by Hamas. The well-being and safety of the hostages must be the top priority in any negotiations moving forward.


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