A video shows the moment Hamas abducted a teenage girl, her mother and the family dog

On October 7th they release a video of Hamas terrorists abducting Israelis.

A newly released video shows Hamas terrorists leaving Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak with hostages Gabriela Leimberg and her daughter Mia, 17, and their dog Bella.After killing locals and abducting dozens of people on October 7.

Mia carried her dog in a blanket. All three were released last month as part of a ceasefire agreement.

Mia Leimberg was held captive in Gaza for almost two months with her shih tzu dog, Bella. One of the most surprising moments of the week-long ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that ended last Friday.

While we are there, we must feed him our leftovers. Yes, I’m talking about you, Bella” said 17-year-old Mia, looking at the puppy in her arms. “We had to make sure she didn’t go crazy where we were. We had to stop her so she wouldn’t go out there and bother anybody.

Mia and her mother Gabriela were taken hostage by Hamas to visit their family in Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak.

The mother, daughter, aunt and dog were released as part of a Palestinian prisoner exchange, but her uncle and her aunt’s partner remain in captivity.

FILE PHOTO: Mia Leimberg holds her dog Bella as she and others were handed over by Hamas fighters in this screenshot taken from a video released on Nov. 28, 2023. Reuters

It was difficult. I kept her (Bella) there. It was four extra kilos. I was lucky to be able to keep her and bring her back through that whole situation,” Mia said in her first media interview from her home in Jerusalem.

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Details of the Hamas captivity have begun to emerge, with some Israeli hostages being returned home. Some have described “suffocating” shelter, with access to medicine and food shortages.. The children said they were always told to be quiet.

“Fortunately for me, Bella is not like other small dogs I know personally, unless she’s playing or angry, she’s very calm,” he said. “I think if they saw her as a nuisance, they wouldn’t let me be honest.”

Many pets died or went missing during the Hamas attack.

Mia’s father, Moshe, said Bella’s family searched for her in the weeks after her captivity. He was surprised to hear that she came out with the dog on the day of her release.

He went on to describe in more detail what his daughter had done to stay with Bella. “He was worried that something would happen to the dog if he left it.“, said.

Mia hid the dog under her pajamas as she left the kibbutz and was loaded into the vehicle.

“Then they took them to the tunnels … the dog was with her the whole time,” he said. “When they came out of the tunnel they had to climb a ladder and only then did the Hamas people realize that this was not a toy but a living, breathing dog.”.

Mia Leimberg, 17, held hostage by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, holds the dog in her arms with her mother Gabriela and her dog Bella at their home in Jerusalem on December 5, 2023. Mia’s uncle and aunt’s partner are being held captive. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

“There was a little argument and it was decided to let her look after the dog instead of leaving it behind,” he said.

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The captives cleaned up the dog’s waste to avoid the stench.

I was very determined to bring the dog back.And one of his expressions about the dog now is, ‘I love you to the house and back,'” he said.

More than 100 hostages were freed in the fighting that ended Friday. Since then, the fight has resumed The Israeli military continues to attack Hamas in Gaza.

Mia described how captivity was a difficult experience that “takes some time to digest.” But Bella helped. “She was a big help to me. It kept me busy. It was moral support.”

He said they would fight for the freedom of other hostages, including his uncle and aunt’s accomplice.

“We miss them every day and it feels bad to be here without them,” he said. “I’m glad I’m back, we’re not done yet.”

(With information from Reuters)

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