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Israeli officials disappointed with freed hostage’s description of Hamas’ captivity

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Israeli officials are reportedly disappointed with the statements made by the 85-year-old freed Israeli hostage describing her experience during Hamas’ captivity because she had not been prepared ahead of the live interview.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Yocheved Lifshitz, said that she was beaten on Oct. 7 when Hamas militants stormed Israel and captured civilians but later they treated her “gently,” and had a doctor examine her during her two-week captivity in the Palestinian enclave.

Citing Israeli sources, the state-owned Kan News reported that allowing Lifshitz to make a live statement was a “mistake,” adding that they were uncertain if anyone had a “preliminary discussion” with her on the issue.

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Lifshitz, was one of the two women freed on Monday — 220 hostages are still in Hamas’ captivity. She was released alongside another hostage, 79-year-old Nuri Yitzhak.

Lifshitz’s husband is reportedly missing and presumed to be held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, although it has not been confirmed.

Seated in a wheelchair, she told reporters that she was taken through a network of spiderweb-like tunnels within Gaza, according to Reuters.

Video footage from the time of Lifshitz’s release showed the 85-year-old greeting one of the Hamas militants and saying “shalom.”

She told reporters that all her needs were taken care of, adding that Israeli military did not take the threat of Hamas seriously, Reuters reported.

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