February 21, 2024

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli girl who not too long ago returned from captivity within the Gaza Strip says she was groped by her Palestinian kidnapper and lived in fixed concern all through the weeks she was held hostage.

Mia Schem, a 21-year-old twin citizen of Israel and France, was attending a music pageant in southern Israel when Hamas militants burst throughout the border and raided the occasion web site on Oct. 7. Greater than 300 folks had been killed and dozens taken hostage.

She was launched on Nov. 30 throughout a weeklong cease-fire.

In an interview broadcast Friday on Israel’s Channel 13 TV, Schem stated she was captured after she obtained out her buddy’s burning automotive. She stated her captor started touching her higher physique inappropriately and solely stopped after she screamed and he seen that she had been shot within the arm and badly wounded.

“I began screaming, going loopy,” she stated. “There have been burnt automobiles, our bodies.”

Whereas in captivity, she was held in a home with a household and watched across the clock by the daddy, Schem stated. She stated his fixed staring made her uncomfortable and fearful that he would possibly attempt to hurt her. The person’s spouse didn’t like her and generally denied her meals for days at a time, she stated.

Israeli authorities have stated that sexual violence was a part of the Hamas rampage into southern Israel, and so they accused the worldwide group of enjoying down or ignoring the ache of the victims.

The Related Press usually doesn’t determine victims of sexual violence, however Schem spoke out publicly about her expertise.

Schem made worldwide headlines when Hamas launched a video of her in captivity days after she was taken hostage. Within the video, she lay in mattress as somebody bandaged her proper arm, and he or she says she desires to go residence. On the time, it was the primary signal of life from the hostages.

Schem stated she barely slept throughout her time as a hostage as a result of she was so terrified, and that she additionally didn’t bathe or obtain any drugs. She stated her captor’s youngsters often got here in to have a look at her “like I’m some animal in a petting zoo.”