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Warning: this episode contains descriptions of violence.

It’s been nearly six months since the Hamas-led attacks on Israel, when militants took more than 200 hostages into Gaza.

In a village called Nir Oz, near the border, one quarter of residents were either killed or taken hostage. Yocheved Lifshitz and her husband, Oded Lifshitz, were among those taken.

Today, Yocheved and her daughter Sharone tell their story.


  • Yocheved Lifshitz, a former hostage.

  • Sharone Lifshitz, daughter of Yocheved and Oded Lifshitz.

A group of people are holding up signs in Hebrew with photos of a man. In the front is a woman with short hair and glasses.
Yocheved Lifshitz holds a picture of her husband Oded Lifshitz as she attends a protest last December. Photo: Abir Sultan/EPA, via Shutterstock

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