mia schem an israeli hostage shares harrowing details of gaza captivity

Mia Schem had been held hostage in Gaza for three days when, she said, she underwent surgery for a gunshot wound she sustained in Hamas’s attack on Israel. For days afterward — forced to share a room with her captor — she received no painkillers and had to replace her own bandages.

The account by Ms. Schem, who has talked about her 55 days in captivity with two television stations and in a photo essay published in the newspaper Yediot Ahronot, has touched a particular nerve in Israel.

It echoes those of other hostages: a lack of food and water and minimal access to medical care. But her interviews and written account, which could not be independently confirmed, have offered the most detailed look at what life was like in captivity. Her family did not agree to an interview with The New York Times.

Ms. Schem, a 21-year-old Israeli French citizen from Shoham, Israel, was kidnapped by Hamas after fleeing the Nova music festival during the Oct. 7 terrorist attack that killed about 1,200 people in southern Israel. Early in the war, the group released a video of her in captivity, the first on any of the more than 230 hostages.

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