Gadi Haggai, a 73-year-old man taken hostage within the Hamas-led invasion of Israel, is now believed to have died within the Oct. 7 assault, the Hostages and Lacking Individuals Households Discussion board stated in an announcement on Friday.
It stated his physique was nonetheless being held by Hamas within the Gaza Strip.
The discussion board stated Mr. Haggai, a twin citizen of Israel and the US, and his spouse, Judi Weinstein, have been shot throughout the Hamas terror assault whereas they have been on their common morning stroll within the fields and vineyards of Kibbutz Nir Oz.
Ms. Haggai contacted pals to inform them that they had been shot and that her husband was critically injured, the discussion board stated. It stated that was the final time anybody in Israel heard from them. Ms. Haggai remains to be being held captive. Her situation is unknown.
“Gadi was a person filled with humor who knew the way to make these round him chortle,” Liat Bell Sommer, a spokeswoman for the discussion board, stated in an announcement, including that Mr. Haggai was “a musician at coronary heart, a gifted flutist.”
The discussion board didn’t specify the way it knew that Mr. Haggai died throughout the assault.
As Israel has investigated the Oct. 7 assault, it has realized extra concerning the destiny of those that went lacking. Earlier this month, Israeli authorities stated Eitan Levy, a 53-year-old man initially thought to have been taken hostage, had really been killed within the Oct. 7 assault.
Hamas and different Palestinian teams killed roughly 1,200 individuals and kidnapped some 240 others throughout the Oct. 7 assault, Israeli authorities say. It was the deadliest assault within the nation’s historical past.
Along with homicide and kidnapping, some attackers dedicated different atrocities, together with rape and mutilation of their victims, Israel has stated.