Bibas family before they were abducted
Bibas family before they were abductedcourtesy of family

The family of 10-month-old Kfir Bibas and his four-year-old brother Ariel, who who among the 240 people abducted to Gaza on October 7, issued a statement to the media today (Tuesday) during a demonstration at Tel Aviv's Kidnapped Square.

Ofri Bibas, the aunt of the two young captives and sister of Yarden Bibas, the boys' father, who, along with his wife Shiri, were also abducted from their home in Kibbutz Nir Oz, said: "For 53 days they have been held captive by Hamas in Gaza, we don't know if 10-month-old Kfir and Ariel are with their parents. We don't know who comforts them when they cry. We don't know if they have food or baths."

She added "We know where they are - Hamas kidnapped them and must return them immediately. The responsibility for their health lies directly with Hamas."

"Hamas - are these your enemies? Kidnapping children, are these your values? Is this acceptable according to Islam?" the aunt wondered.

"We are happy for every hostage who has returned. We demand that the Israeli government act and return the hostages immediately. Their lives are in real danger and every day that passes puts them at greater risk," she concluded.

The Bibas family was devastated when none of their loved ones were among the 51 Israeli hostages who were released under the hostage deal with Hamas from Friday through Monday. Kfir, who was just nine months old when he was kidnapped on October 7, is the youngest person taken hostage during the massacre and has spent more than one tenth of his life in Hamas captivity.