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Families release footage of 5 female Israeli army conscripts taken hostage by Hamas on Oct. 7

Israeli television aired previously withheld footage on Wednesday of five pyjama-clad female army conscripts being seized by Hamas gunmen during the Oct. 7 raid that triggered the Gaza war.

Women plead with captors who call them 'dogs' in previously unaired footage

A still image taken from video footage shows five women seated on the floor as a man in camouflage pants stands hunched over one of them tying her hands behind her back. A woman with long hair, at the right edge of the image, has blood on her face.

WARNING: This story contains graphic video and descriptions of women being violently taken hostage, as well as discussion of sexual assault.

Israeli television aired previously withheld footage on Wednesday of five pyjama-clad female army conscripts being seized by Hamas gunmen during the Oct. 7 raid that triggered the Gaza war.

The captives' families said they hoped the footage would increase pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree a truce with Hamas and secure the hostages' release.

The government saw the release of the subtitled three-minute clip to national and international media as an opportunity to shore up support.

"These girls are still in the captivity of Hamas. Please don't look away," government spokesperson David Mencer told reporters. "Watch the film. Support Israel in bringing our people home."

The footage shows the young soldiers, all of them stunned and some bloodied, being bound and bundled into a jeep.

"I have friends in Palestine," one of the conscripts, Naama Levy, 19, pleads in English.

One of the gunmen can be heard shouting back in Arabic: "You are dogs! We will step on you, dogs!"

Another gunman tells a captive: "You're beautiful."

WARNING:The below video contains graphic footage of physical abuse and injured women:

Israeli families post video of female army conscripts taken hostage by Hamas on Oct. 7

13 hours ago

Duration 3:15

WARNING: This video contains graphic content. The families of five Israelis held hostage by Hamas released footage of the female army conscripts being captured by militants during the Oct. 7 attacks. The families say the video was edited to remove the most graphic aspects. The Hostages Families Forum, which represents relatives of those still held by Hamas, hoped the video would increase pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to secure a ceasefire and the release of the hostages. 'Please don't look away,' government spokesperson David Mencer said.

The Hostages Families Forum, which represents relatives of the 124 people — mostly civilians — still held by Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza, said the footage was recovered from body cams worn by gunmen who attacked the Nahal Oz base in southern Israel where the women were serving as surveillance spotters.

Shots of slain Israeli soldiers were excluded from the video and publication was approved by the families of the five captives, the forum said.

"The Israeli government must not waste another moment; it must return to the negotiating table today!" the Forum said.

A crowd of protesters holding signs of Israeli hostages.

Israel says 1,200 people were killed and more than 250 abducted in the Oct. 7 attack led by Hamas, 105 of whom were released as part of a temporary truce deal in November while 39 others are confirmed dead.

Israel responded by launching an offensive to eliminate the Islamist militant group in which Gaza health authorities say more than 35,000 Palestinians have been killed. Of those killed who have been identified so far, nearly 5,000 were women and approximately 7,800 were children, according to the UN.

Israel's military says 286 Israeli soldiers have also been killed since the start of its ground offensive in Gaza.

Netanyahu's government says continued military pressure will force Hamas to yield. Families of the hostages say they fear their loved ones will not survive and that female captives risk being raped. Hamas has denied allegations of sexual abuse by its men.

"So please, please do whatever you can to, to bring them home," Orly Gilboa, whose daughter Daniela is a hostage, told Reuters. "They suffer there every minute, every second. And every minute is important."

Israel's Foreign Ministry said the ambassadors of Ireland, Norway and Spain, whom it summoned to protest at their governments' preparations to recognize a Palestinian state, would be shown the video in a special screening on Thursday.

WATCH | Demonstrators call on Israeli government to secure release of hostages:

Israeli protesters call on government to reach hostage deal as families release video

9 hours ago

Duration 0:49

Demonstrators in Tel Aviv, including the families of Israelis held hostage by Hamas, called on the government to do more to secure a deal with the militant group to release the hostages. Wednesday's protest followed the release of new video showing the capture of five female army conscripts by Hamas on Oct. 7.

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