Tattoo artist held hostage by Hamas and operated on by Gaza vet: Family

Mia Sakim’s mother, Keren, and representatives of the families of those kidnapped and missing by Hamas activists in Gaza hold a press conference after Hamas published a video showing the 21-year-old Israeli woman.
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  • Her aunt claimed that Israeli hostage Mia Shem underwent surgery in Gaza.
  • Hamas released the blueprint on Thursday as part of a deal with Israel.
  • In a video after her release, Shim said people were “very nice” to her during captivity.

The aunt of the released Israeli hostage, Mia Shem, said that a veterinarian performed surgery on her while she was being held by Hamas in Gaza.

“Finally, she is with us,” Viviane Hadar, Scheme’s aunt, for The Jerusalem Post. “She’s traumatized. She’s thin and weak. A vet operated on her hand. She did physical therapy herself.”

Sakim was one of an estimated 240 people taken hostage by Hamas during the unprecedented terrorist attacks of October 7.

The 21-year-old was attending a Supernova music festival near the Gaza border when Hamas gunmen stormed it, killing hundreds of attendees and capturing several of them, including Shem, who was shot in the hand.

After taking the Hamas plot hostage Video released It shows her lying down while someone off-camera wraps bandages around her right arm.

Israeli-French tattoo artist Shem was released on Thursday along with another woman, and six others were later released.

More than 100 hostages have been released in recent days, most of them as part of a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas.

In a video posted on social media during her release, Shim can be seen sitting in a truck and talking about her time in captivity. It is unclear whether she was still in Gaza and still held captive by Hamas when the video was filmed.

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“People are so good, so nice to me,” she said. “The food is good, the kindness, everything is good.”

As the hostages returned home, conflicting information began to flow about their experiences in detention in Gaza.

Hamas said it was treating the hostages humanely in accordance with Islamic teachings.

Many hostages were filmed waving and shaking hands with their Hamas captors as they were released and handed over to the Red Cross.

However, there were also accounts from the IDF and hostage family members claiming that the hostages were Beaten and threatened.

Director of METIV: The Israeli Center for Traumatology, Danny Brom, said that some hostages were released will need medical treatment, But others won’t.

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