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Doctor who Treated Rescued Hostages Describes Daily Abuse by Captors

Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. Sheba Medical Center
Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. Sheba Medical Center

The physician responsible for the post-captivity treatment of the four Israeli hostages rescued by Israeli security personnel on Saturday told CNN that the prisoners suffered daily abuse by the Hamas terrorists who were holding them.

Dr. Itai Pessach of the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan described their containment as “a harsh, harsh experience, with a lot of abuse, almost every day,” when he spoke to the network’s Paula Hancocks on Monday.

His patients, Noa Argamani, 26; Almog Meir Jan, 21; Andrey Kozlov, 27; and Shlomi Ziv, 41, spent eight months interned in Nuseirat after being abducted at the Supernova music festival during the October 7 rampage in southern Israel.

Pessach told the news outlet that despite the individuals appearing in good condition on local media, the psychological stress, physical abuse, insufficient diets, medical neglect, limited personal movement, and lack of sunlight “left a significant mark on their health.”

Pessach has cared for other Hamas detainees who have been freed during negotiated ceasefire agreements with the Gaza-based jihadists.

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