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New footage shows bloodied Israeli hostages taken in pickup to Gaza

New video shows Hersh Goldberg-Polin, Eliya Cohen and Or Levy crammed in the back of a pickup truck, smeared with blood, as they were abducted and taken to Gaza on Oct. 7.

Men were at Israeli music festival that became killing field during Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7

A composite image shows three men.

WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of people being attacked and kidnapped.

Crammed in the back of a pickup truck, smeared with blood, three Israeli hostages are being filmed by their jubilant Palestinian captors.

That is how Hersh Goldberg-Polin, 23, Eliya Cohen, 26, and Or Levy, 33, all abducted on Oct. 7, were taken into the Gaza Strip, a video made public on Monday shows.

The families of the young men, desperate for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to a hostage deal with Islamist group Hamas, approved its publication in the media.

All three had attended the Nova music festival in southern Israel that became a killing field during the Hamas-led assault. Levy was with his wife, who was killed that morning. Cohen's girlfriend survived, having been buried under a pile of bodies.

WATCH | Footage of hostages released to the public:

WARNING: This video contains graphic footage of injured, bloodied men being taken hostage, including one man with a missing limb. The Hostages Families Forum approved the release of a video showing the Oct. 7 capture of three Israelis — Hersh Goldberg-Polin, Eliya Cohen and Or Levy — by Palestinian militants at the Nova music festival. Reuters verified the footage; blurring was added at the source.

In the video, Goldberg-Polin sits in the back of the pickup truck, covered in blood, having lost part of his left arm earlier.

The footage jumps between the wounded hostages and the cheering captors as the truck speeds along a narrow road under a clear blue sky.

The Israel-Hamas war began when Hamas-led militants crossed the border and attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and taking some 250 others hostage, according to Israeli tallies.

The Israeli offensive in retaliation has killed almost 37,600 people, according to Palestinian health authorities, and has left Gaza in ruins.

Efforts to reach a ceasefire and secure the release of some 120 hostages still in captivity have faltered.

Hamas in April released a video of Goldberg-Polin speaking from captivity.

WATCH | Israeli hostage's parents speak about their son:

'These are human beings,' parents of Israeli hostage say

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The parents of Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who was taken hostage on Oct. 7 at Nova music festival during the Hamas-led attacks on southern Israel, say they hope newly released footage of his capture brings a deal for the release of all hostages closer to fruition.

His father, Jon Polin, said they first saw this latest video of his abduction a week ago and its publication was aimed at reminding the world about the people in captivity whose lives are in the balance.

"The inclination after 262 days, and when you see your wounded child in a truck being jostled with his hair pulled and others suffering, is to grab leaders of the world by the collar and say: get these people out," Polin told Reuters.

"We're going to continue to channel our strength productively and positively, but get these people out."

In response to the video, Netanyahu said that it "breaks all of our hearts and re-emphasizes the brutality of the enemy whom we have sworn to eliminate."

"We will not end the war until we return all 120 of our loved ones home," Netanyahu said in a statement.

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