On Tuesday night the fifth round of the hostage deal was completed, in which 10 Israeli women were returned to Israel.
The released hostages included 17-year-old Mia Leimberg and nine other women – her mother Gabriela Leimberg (59), Gabriela's sister Clara Marman (64), Ditza Heiman (84), Tami Metzger (78), Noralin (Natalie) Agojo ( 60), Ada Sagi (75), Merav Tal (53), Rimon Kirsht Buchshtav (36) and Ofelia Roitman (77). Two Thai hostages were also returned to Israel.
At around 3:00 AM, the Prime Minister's office announced that it had received the list of the hostages who were to be released tonight in the sixth round of the deal, and the families were notified.
Shiri Bibas was abducted from Kibbutz Nir Oz with her two young children, ten-month-old Kfir and four-year-old Ariel, whom she held in her arms. The three were kidnapped into Gaza. The father of the family, Yarden (Jordan), whose photo was later published, showing him wounded and bleeding on his hands and head, in the hands of Hamas terrorists.
Shiri's cousin, Yossi Schneider, told Nesli Barda of the Morning News that his family members are not included in Wednesday’s list either.
"It's like our personal Schindler's list," Schneider described, "Every day we wait to see who will return and who won't. This is like the list that chooses who will live and who will die. I don't understand: What bargaining chip is a four-year-old boy? What bargaining chip is a ten-month-old baby? What were the Hamas terrorists exactly thinking of when they kidnapped them? What exactly were they afraid of? What did they think that Kfir could do to them? They are passing him from hand to hand like an animal. I don't understand it."
"I'm trying to convey this to the world. I am asking these questions. I am trying to understand why the world doesn't wake up and understand who we're dealing with. Every time, I have to deal with delusional questions from journalists around the world, who are somehow trying to save the honor of Hamas and Gaza. This is really sad."
He continued, "On October 7, my heart broke into pieces, both because of my personal tragedy and that of our family, and also because of what happened in the country. The pictures of the children, the mothers and the women returning home, putting their heart back together, piece by piece. The pictures of the soldiers returning home to their families, to the emotional hugs, rebuilding their lives."
"We are so happy for every hostage who returns, we are not jealous at all. But why are they on the list and we are not? We are happy for the families. We know what they are going through and how much they are suffering. Our hearts are one hundred percent with them. We understand that they are being held in subhuman conditions. We understand the physical and mental danger to all of them. We hope that for those who returned, captivity will remain a dim memory in their lives and that they can return to a normal routine and continue to enjoy life.
"Eight children remained in captivity. These kids need to come home. They are children. They a not a pawn in anyone's game."