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‘My daughter Felt Like a Queen in Gaza’: Israeli Mother Thanks Hamas for Kindness

An Israeli mother, Danielle Aloni, has expressed her sincere thanks to Hamas for their treatment of her five-year-old daughter Emilia, who was held hostage by the Palestinian resistance group for 49 days in Gaza.

Danielle and Emilia were among 24 hostages released by Hamas on November 24, as part of a temporary truce agreement with Israel that also involved the release of 39 Palestinian prisoners by Israel.

Before leaving Gaza to reunite with her family in Israel, Danielle wrote a letter to Hamas in which she praised the group for their remarkable kindness towards her daughter. The letter, written in Hebrew, was shared by the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, on their official Telegram account, along with an Arabic translation and a photo of the mother and daughter.

In the letter, Danielle said: “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your extraordinary humanity shown towards my daughter, Emilia.” She added that Emilia felt like all the Hamas fighters were her friends, and that they treated her with kindness and compassion.

She also thanked them for the many hours they spent as caregivers, and said that her daughter felt like a queen in Gaza. “Children should not be in captivity, but thanks to you and other kind people we met along the way, my daughter felt like a queen in Gaza,” she wrote. “In the long journey, we have been on, we have not met anyone who has not been kind to her.”

Danielle also showed sympathy for the plight of the people of Gaza, who have suffered from Israeli bombardment and blockade. “I will remember your kind behaviour shown in spite of the difficult situation you faced and the severe losses you suffered here in Gaza,” she wrote.

She ended her letter with a wish for peace and friendship. “I wish in this world we could truly be good friends,” she wrote. “I wish you all health and well-being… health and love to you and your families’ children.”

Danielle and Emilia were taken hostage while visiting Danielle’s sister and her family at Kibbutz Nir Oz in southern Israel, near the border with Gaza. They were captured by Hamas fighters who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel on October 7, sparking a war that has killed thousands of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.

Previously, Hamas had released a video online in which Danielle and two other hostages were seen calling out Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to have them released sooner.

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