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Avera Mengistu

News and updates about Avera Mengistu

9 years later:

Families of captives to be recognized as victims of hostilities

Families of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, held by Hamas since 2014 and 2015, will be recognized as victims of hostilities.

Families of captives to be recognized as victims of hostilities

Hamas used negotiations with PMO to hide massacre plans

Terror group which rules Gaza held high-level negotiations on release of captive IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians while plotting attack.

Hamas used negotiations with PMO to hide massacre plans

UN committee to PA:

'Investigate disappearance of Israelis in Gaza'

UN Committee tells PA to investigate disappearance of Israeli citizens Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who are held in Gaza.

'Investigate disappearance of Israelis in Gaza'

Netanyahu: Avera Mengistu is alive

PM responds to publication of video featuring Israeli captive by Hamas. 'Hamas bears full responsibility for his fate.'

Netanyahu: Avera Mengistu is alive

IDF Spokesperson:

Family of Israeli man held captive unsure if video is authentic

IDF believes Hamas video purporting to feature abducted Israeli man is likely genuine, but man's family remains uncertain.

Family of Israeli man held captive unsure if video is authentic

Religious Zionist MK to INN:

'We must not play into the hands of Hamas'

MK Moshe Solomon responds to video of Avera Mengistu released by Hamas: I feel pain for what the family has been going through for so long.

'We must not play into the hands of Hamas'

Avera Mengistu's mother:

'It's difficult waiting so long for reliable info'

Family of Israeli civilian held by Gaza reacts to release of video purportedly showing him by terror group.

'It's difficult waiting so long for reliable info'

Hamas publishes first video of Avera Mengistu from captivity

Israeli held captive by Hamas for over 8 years asks 'how long will I be here' in video published by terror organization.

Hamas publishes first video of Avera Mengistu from captivity

Eight years later:

Protest march from Goldin family home to Gaza

Slain soldiers Hadar Goldin & Oron Shaul have been in Hamas' hands for 8 years; Avera Mengistu is still believed alive.

Protest march from Goldin family home to Gaza

Hamas releases video showing captive Israeli in hospital bed

A day after saying Israeli captive's health has deteriorated, Hamas releases video purportedly showing Hisham al-Sayed in the hospital.

Hamas releases video showing captive Israeli in hospital bed

Bennett: Israel holds Hamas responsible for prisoners' condition

PM responds to Hamas 'psychological warfare' announcing deteriorating health of Israeli prisoner. 'Hamas proves again it is criminal.'

Bennett: Israel holds Hamas responsible for prisoners' condition

Hamas: Medical condition of captive Israeli deteriorates

Terror organization does not reveal name of Israeli whose health has worsened. Israel: Hamas attempting to use psychological warfare.

Hamas: Medical condition of captive Israeli deteriorates

Bring Our Boys Home:

Ministers set condition for return of terrorist's body

Also expressing support: MK Mansour Abbas. "We have to bring this chapter to a close."

Ministers set condition for return of terrorist's body

Israelis captive in Gaza to be returned soon?

Member of Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee says recent info gives her hope captive, missing Israelis will soon return home.

Israelis captive in Gaza to be returned soon?

IDF officer dealing with issue of missing soldiers steps down

IDF officer who took part in talks on prisoner exchange deal reportedly frustrated over Israel's helplessness.

IDF officer dealing with issue of missing soldiers steps down

Hamas: We'll force Israel to release prisoners

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: This enemy does not give anything except when it is forced to do so.

Hamas: We'll force Israel to release prisoners

Report: Hamas tape provides info on captive Israelis

Hamas will give recording to Egypt, providing additional details on condition of Israelis held in Gaza, Arab newspaper reports.

Report: Hamas tape provides info on captive Israelis

Bennett: I raised issue of Hamas captives with UN Sec. General

PM in New York answers Arutz Sheva question about his efforts to secure return of Israeli civilians, bodies of soldiers held by Hamad.

Bennett: I raised issue of Hamas captives with UN Sec. General

Hamas' 1st 'serious' prisoner swap offer: 1,100 terrorists

Hamas would first release Israeli civilians Avera Mengistu and Hisham a-Sayed and then the bodies of soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.

Hamas' 1st 'serious' prisoner swap offer: 1,100 terrorists

Former prisoners coordinator: Avera Mengistu assumed to be alive

Avera Mengistu, missing Ethiopian-Israeli, is assumed to still be alive, former prisoners coordinator Lior Lotan says.

Former prisoners coordinator: Avera Mengistu assumed to be alive

Hamas to agree to return remains of fallen IDF soldiers soon?

Hamas official says terror group's desperation caused by coronavirus may create opportunity to secure release of Israeli prisoners.

Hamas to agree to return remains of fallen IDF soldiers soon?

Hamas demands ventilators in prisoner exchange

Hamas demanding medical equipment and terrorists in possible agreement with Israel, sources say.

Hamas demands ventilators in prisoner exchange

Father of missing soldier: 'Don't miss this opportunity'

Simcha Goldin, father of IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, demands Israel insist on release of captives and bodies before giving Hamas corona aid.

Father of missing soldier: 'Don't miss this opportunity'

​​​​​​​Hamas: Our offer still stands

Hamas terror group says 'offer' for Israel to release security prisoners is still on the table.

​​​​​​​Hamas: Our offer still stands

Hamas to give Israel information on missing Israelis?

Hamas may agree to deal seeing Israel receive information on Israelis in Gaza, in exchange for release of 250 terrorists, report says.

Hamas to give Israel information on missing Israelis?

Information on prisoners in exchange for prisoners?

Hamas may offer information on Israelis held in Gaza if Israel frees convicted terrorists, report says.

Information on prisoners in exchange for prisoners?

Ashkelon chimneys lit for the return of the Gaza captives

Video screened on the Ashkelon chimneys showing the photos of Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin and Avera Mengistu.

Ashkelon chimneys lit for the return of the Gaza captives

Psychological warfare:

Hamas falsely claims Israeli captives harmed in IDF airstrike

Hamas' Abu Ubaida falsely claims Israelis held captive in Gaza were injured in airstrikes - but refuses to tell their fate.

Hamas falsely claims Israeli captives harmed in IDF airstrike

Will Israel hold Gaza infiltrators as negotiating chips?

DM Bennett may utilize existing law to allow extended imprisonment of Gazan infiltrators in bid to free Israelis held in Gaza.

Will Israel hold Gaza infiltrators as negotiating chips?

Report: Progress in negotiations for prisoners swap with Hamas

Israel negotiating for release of Israeli held in Gaza, report says. Government coordinator: Hamas not allowing progress on issue.

Report: Progress in negotiations for prisoners swap with Hamas

Negotiator apologizes after family's outraged response

Government coordinator for prisoners and missing persons had said missing Israelis entered Gaza other times in the past, but were returned.

Negotiator apologizes after family's outraged response

'Abbas was wrong to meet family of missing Israeli'

Senior Islamic Jihad official criticizes PA chairman for promising to work to bring about the release of missing Israeli Avera Mengistu.

'Abbas was wrong to meet family of missing Israeli'

PA chairman meets family of missing Israeli

PA chairman meets family of Avera Mengistu, who has not been heard from since crossing the border into Gaza since 2014.

PA chairman meets family of missing Israeli

US envoy asks UN to act to bring back missing Israelis

Jason Greenblatt sends letter to UN, asks body to continue efforts to release Israeli soldiers and civilians being held by Hamas.

US envoy asks UN to act to bring back missing Israelis

Liberman: Government paying protection money to Hamas

Yisrael Beytenu chair slams PM Netanyahu, says 'whitewashing terror' is 'black stain on Israel's government and the one leading it.'

Liberman: Government paying protection money to Hamas

'We do not have the courage to be angry at the State of Israel'

Special ceremony held in Jerusalem marking five years since two soldiers and two civilians were taken captive in Gaza.

'We do not have the courage to be angry at the State of Israel'

Hamas trying to rekindle Ethiopian Israelis' protest

Hamas member says Israel never asked for the release of Ethiopian Israeli Avera Mengistu, who is being held in Gaza.

Hamas trying to rekindle Ethiopian Israelis' protest

Israel denies deal reached with Hamas to return MIAs

Senior source says reports Israel and Hamas reach deal to return missing soldiers untrue.

Israel denies deal reached with Hamas to return MIAs

'Israel made a mistake in handling Gaza captives'

Former coordinator for captives and missing persons says Israel should've conditioned end of 2014 fighting on the release of the captives.

'Israel made a mistake in handling Gaza captives'

'A person with special needs is being held hostage in Gaza'

Families of Israeli civilians held in Gaza hold joint press conference. 'Show some humanity and release my brother.'

'A person with special needs is being held hostage in Gaza'

MIAs families' letters given to the Pope

Labor chairman Avi Gabbay meets Pope Francis, discusses Middle East and the ways to promote peace.

MIAs families' letters given to the Pope

'What hurt us is that they told us to keep quiet'

Mother of Avera Mengistu, held captive in Gaza, laments failure to bring back her son. 'My son would not be there if they acted right away.'

'What hurt us is that they told us to keep quiet'

Haniyeh: Hamas ready for prisoner deal with Israel

Hamas leader says the group is ready to negotiate with Israel to trade two Israeli captives and bodies of two soldiers it is holding.

Haniyeh: Hamas ready for prisoner deal with Israel

Activists to 'surprise' mothers of terrorists

Activists plan to stop buses of Gazan mothers visiting their sons at the Nafha Prison.

Activists to 'surprise' mothers of terrorists

'Our son was the victim of a UN ceasefire'

Parents of Israeli soldier whose body is held by Hamas urge Security Council to take action to bring him home.

'Our son was the victim of a UN ceasefire'

Hamas: We approved prisoner exchange deal

Terrorist organization claims it accepted Egyptian proposal for the return of Israeli soldiers and missing persons.

Hamas: We approved prisoner exchange deal

Rivlin:

'Avera is the son of all of us'

President Reuven Rivlin meets the family of Avera Mengistu, who is being held by Hamas in Gaza.

'Avera is the son of all of us'

Red Cross to Hamas: Clarify fate of missing Israelis

International Committee of the Red Cross says Hamas must comply with its obligations under international humanitarian law.

Red Cross to Hamas: Clarify fate of missing Israelis

Student protesters block Bennett speech

Student protesters interrupt speech by Education Minister at Tel Aviv University to demand return of Israeli held by Hamas.

Student protesters block Bennett speech

Israel wins Ethiopian support for African Union 'observer' role

On final leg of Africa trip, Netanyahu hails breakthrough in ties with Ethiopia, asks PM to help free Ethiopian-Israeli captured by Hamas.

Israel wins Ethiopian support for African Union 'observer' role

Families protest: 'Our MIAs have been abandoned'

Families of captive Avera Mengistu and MIAs Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul disappointed after meeting with PM Netanyahu.

Families protest: 'Our MIAs have been abandoned'

Netanyahu urges UN chief: Help free captive Israelis

PM u calls on Ban Ki-moon to help secure the release of Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin and Avera Mengistu, held by Hamas in Gaza.

Netanyahu urges UN chief: Help free captive Israelis

MIA’s family: No deal without our son

Family of Oron Shaul Hy”d erects protest tent outside Prime Minister’s residence as Turkey deal nears.

MIA’s family: No deal without our son

‘MIAs, Mengistu will be discussed in Turkey talks’

Minister of Internal Security says Gaza MIAs will come up in discussions with Turkey, but makes no promise.

‘MIAs, Mengistu will be discussed in Turkey talks’

‘Bring our son back from Gaza’

The family of Abera Mengistu demands any deal with Turkey includes their son, who is held by Hamas.

‘Bring our son back from Gaza’

'Netanyahu, don't forget our captive brother in Gaza'

Family asks Netanyahu not to sign Turkey deal without assurances about Avera Mengistu, Israeli captured by Hamas.

'Netanyahu, don't forget our captive brother in Gaza'