Israel Gaza: Children must be off limits, says father of abducted kids

By Jon Donnison

BBC News, central Israel

In the garden of his home in central Israel, amid the palm trees dappled in the morning sun, Yoni Asher shows me a video on his phone.

It’s of his two small girls, sitting on a bed. They’re singing Happy Birthday.

Raz, the eldest, with long fair hair, is just four years old. Her sister Aviv, darker and more like her dad, is only two.

“They made this for my birthday in July,” Yoni tells me.

But four months on, the 37-year-old father and husband is home alone.

Along with their mother Doron, they were captured on 7 October in Hamas’s unprecedented cross border attack. They are thought to be among the youngest of the 240 hostages being held in Gaza.

“They had been visiting their grandma for the holidays in Nir Oz,” Yoni says.

The Israeli kibbutz sits only two miles from Gaza. It was one of the communities worst affected by the attack, with one in four of those who lived there believed to have been killed or kidnapped by Hamas.

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