In a recent hostage video released by an unidentified group, a 21-year-old Israeli-French national named Mia Schem, who resides in Shoham, was featured as one of the captives. This video has raised international concerns and calls for the safe release of all hostages.
The video, which has been widely shared on social media, shows a young woman who appears to be injured, receiving medical attention for an injury to her upper right arm. According to the video, she was taken captive on the first day of the recent attacks on Israeli territory, which began on October 7.
Mia Schem was among the attendees at the open-air Tribe of Nova festival in the desert, where the hostage-taking reportedly occurred. In the video, she speaks in Hebrew, conveying that she is a prisoner in Gaza and has undergone a three-hour surgery. She expresses her desire to return home as soon as possible.
The exact number of hostages held in Gaza remains uncertain, with estimates ranging between 200 and 250 individuals. Hamas military spokesperson Abu Obeida has referred to the captives as “guests,” emphasizing their protection and the intention to release them when circumstances allow. He noted that some hostages are under the control of other “resistance factions.”
Mia’s mother, Keren Sharf Schem, expressed relief at seeing her daughter alive in the video but also expressed fear for her well-being. She highlighted the trauma of her daughter undergoing an operation alone, surrounded by terrorists. The video suggests that Mia is in pain and appears terrified.
The international community is closely monitoring the situation, and various diplomatic efforts are underway to secure the release of the hostages. French President Emmanuel Macron has also demanded the release of Mia Schem, who holds dual French-Israeli nationality.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have stated their commitment to bringing all hostages back, emphasizing the urgency of their return. Specialized Israeli forces are already operating in Gaza, conducting search and rescue missions.
The hostage video is being analyzed by military and intelligence authorities to gather vital information about the hostages’ location and well-being. This includes examining the video’s background sounds and visuals to determine whether the captives are being held above ground or underground.
The Nova Festival, where the hostage-taking occurred, witnessed a tragic turn of events as more than 260 bodies were discovered following the attack. Several individuals who attended the festival are believed to be held as hostages.
As the international community rallies for the safe return of all captives, the situation remains a matter of great concern, with diplomatic efforts and intelligence gathering ongoing to ensure the hostages’ well-being and release.