Foreign Policy

published : 2023-12-02

Israeli Authorities Confirm Death of Three Hostages Taken into Gaza by Hamas

Grandfather, Kindergarten Teacher, and Photographer among the Victims

Close-up photo of Israeli authorities announcing the death of the three hostages taken by Hamas.

Israeli authorities have announced the death of three Israeli hostages who were kidnapped by Hamas during their deadly attack on Oct. 7. The hostages were identified as 85-year-old grandfather Aria Zalmanowicz, 56-year-old mother and kindergarten teacher Maya Goren, and 54-year-old father and photographer Ronen Engel.

A photo of Kibbutz Nir-Oz, the Israeli border community mourning the loss of their fellow community members.

No details were provided on how their deaths were verified.

A black and white portrait of Aria Zalmanowicz, the 85-year-old grandfather and founder of Kibbutz Nir-Oz.

Israeli officials said Zalmanowicz was recently seen looking sick in a video Hamas released a few weeks ago.

A photo of Maya Goren, the devoted kindergarten teacher, surrounded by smiling children.

Kibbutz Nir-Oz, an Israeli border community, mourns the loss of their fellow community members.

An action shot of Ronen Engel, the 54-year-old volunteer photographer and member of Kibbutz Nir-Oz, capturing a powerful moment during a rescue operation.

Kibbutz Nir Oz announced the death of 85-year-old Aria Zalmanowicz. 'Zalman was 85 years old, and was a founder of Kibbutz Nir Oz,' the announcement read. 'Zalman was a father of two and grandfather of five grandchildren. He was a man of the land, dedicated to agriculture his entire life. He was an avid reader, with a wide knowledge of history and the country. May his memory be a blessing.'

Aerial view of the conflict zone between Israel and Hamas, symbolizing the ongoing violence.

The kibbutz authorities also confirmed the death of Maya Goren, 56. Maya was a mother of four children and a dedicated kindergarten teacher who provided loving care for the kibbutz children throughout the years.

Negotiators sitting around a table, engaged in intense discussions to form a new, lasting agreement.

Ronen Engel, 54, a member of Kibbutz Nir Oz and a volunteer with Israel's national emergency medical service, Magen David Adom, is mourned by the community. 'Ronen was 54 years old, a member of Kibbutz Nir Oz. Married to Carina and father to Tom, Mika, and Yuval. A photographer, a volunteer in Magen David Adom, and a motorcycle enthusiast,' the announcement read.

An emotional photo of grieving family members holding each other for support amidst the tragic deaths.

The tragic deaths come at a critical time as the Israel-Hamas conflict intensifies.

A peaceful landscape of the Israeli countryside, showcasing the agricultural dedication of the community.

The recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas expired, leading to resumed hostilities.

A photo of emergency medical service workers from Magen David Adom, highlighting their selfless efforts in saving lives.

Negotiators are now striving to form a new, lasting agreement amidst the ongoing violence.