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Littlest victims of war: The faces of Israeli child hostages in Hamas slaughter


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Heartbreaking accounts are emerging of the scores of children who were taken captive by Hamas when the terrorist group unleashed its unprecedented assault over the weekend — and the innocent kids thought to be in the attackers’ hands are as young as 9 months old.

Loved ones in Israel and abroad are now scrambling for answers, and – in the wake of Hamas’ pledge to execute one hostage for every Israeli airstrike that hits a Gazan home – are begging the abductors to spare the youngest lives.

The terror group, meanwhile, claims to have stockpiled “dozens” of captives in “safe places and tunnels and resistance” over the border in Gaza, Hamas spokesperson Abu Obeid said in a Telegram post.

Below, are the stories of some of the youngest hostages who are believed to be in Hamas custody – and whose ultimate fates remain unknown.

A brief video making the rounds on social media shows kindergarten teacher Shiri Shiri Silberman-Bibas clutching her sons – Ariel, 3, and nine-month-old Kfir – as the family is abducted by Hamas from their kibbutz in southern Israel Saturday.

The family – including husband and father Yarden Bibas – was hunkering down in a safe room when the terrorists descended.

“I couldn’t believe the picture,” Silberman-Bibas’ cousin, Yossi Sneider, told the BBC of the harrowing footage.

“They’ve taken them without any food, without any diapers, without anything,” Mr he said of the two young boys.

“We only hope that they didn’t separate them from their mother.”

Silberman-Bibas’ husband, Yarden, and her parents have also been missing since Saturday.

Five-year-old Raz and three-year-old Aviv Asher are believed to have been taken hostage alongside their mother, Doron Asher Katz, and their grandmother, heartbroken dad Yoni Asher told the New York Times.

Silberman-Bibas’ husband, Yarden, and her parents have also been missing since Saturday.

The girls and their mom were visiting their grandmother’s village in southern Israel when Hamas closed in, Asher explained.

“She told me, ‘There are terrorists inside the house,’” he recalled of his wife’s panicked, whispered phone call early Saturday.

Asher thinks he recognized his wife, daughters, and mother-in-law in a video of hostages being bundled in the back of a pickup truck, he told the Times.

“I can’t sleep — I’m living outside my own body,” Asher said.

“I have two little babies, two little girls. These little babies should not be held or kept by terrorists.”

Divorced mom of two learned her daughters – Dafna, 15, and Ella, eight – were abducted by Hamas when a relative sent her photos on Telegram of the girls sitting on mattresses, apparently in captivity.

Zin later found a video of gunmen breaking into her ex-husband’s home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz while her sobbing children looked on.

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