Ohad Munder
Ohad MunderCourtesy of the family

Ohad Munder celebrated his 9th birthday on Monday while in Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip.

Ohad is the only child of Keren and the only grandchild of his grandparents, Ruthi and Avraham Munder. Ohad traveled with his mother to spend the Simchat Torah holiday with her parents in Kibbutz Nir Oz. They spent the night there and were awakened by the sound of the explosions and sirens.

At 7:24 a.m., Keren sent a message to her partner Avi in which she wrote that she heard gunshots in the Kibbutz and there were reports of a terrorist infiltration. Keren updated him that they were all sitting in the shelter and were only leaving to use the restroom.

Keren, Ohad, and the grandparents, Ruthi and Avraham, were all taken hostage by Hamas.