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Kibbutz hit hard by Oct. 7 attack urges Israeli government to “do everything possible” for hostages

Israeli soldiers walk past a house destroyed in the October 7 attack in Kibbutz Biri, Israel, near the Gaza border, on October 14. (Credit: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

The community of a kibbutzim in southern Israel that was attacked on October 7 has called on the Israeli government to do “everything” necessary to free the hostages still in Gaza.

Kibbutz Biri marked the Passover seder in what is known as Hostage Square in Tel Aviv.

“During Dark Saturday, we lost 100 members and friends, children and youth, and their loss leaves a hole in the heart of our community,” Noam Yitzhakhi, a member of Kibbutz Beiri, said at the event.

Yitzhaky said Hamas is still holding several kibbutz members hostage.

“From here we call the decision-makers: We have already lost enough. Do whatever is necessary to return freedom to those still in captivity… This is not a political or strategic decision, but a moral call, so it can be done now.

Yitsaki said the community cannot rebuild or heal until the hostages are freed.

“Tonight we will try to remember that dark day, lay the foundation for the story we tell future generations, and preserve some part of our heritage and the life that once was.”

Dorit Orr, mother of hostage Tor Orr, said the community will continue to draw attention to the hostages still in Gaza.

“Everyone has the freedom to live a full, safe and independent life with their families and communities,” he said.

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