February 22, 2024

The 84-year-old Elma Avraham, a released hostage, was returned from Hamas captivity in critical condition, Soroka Medical Center confirmed on Sunday night. She was among 13 other Israeli and three Thai hostages released on the third day of Israel’s ceasefire and hostage release deal with Hamas. Immediately upon reentry into Israel, she was rushed to the Beersheba hospital via helicopter. A tweet by Arsen Ostrovsky expressed concern for her condition and blamed Hamas for any potential harm to her. The hospital’s director, Dr. Shlomi Kodesh, stated that it was evident Elma was not properly cared for by her captors. Israel’s Health Ministry confirmed that Elma’s family members were waiting for her at the hospital. This is a developing story.