JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli-French girl who was amongst scores of individuals taken hostage by Hamas militants has described how she feared being raped by the gunman who watched over her across the clock within the dwelling the place he lived together with his spouse and kids in Gaza.

Mia Schem, 21, was launched in late November beneath a now-lapsed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and made headlines whereas in captivity after the Palestinians launched video footage of her present process therapy for a bullet wound to the arm.

Interviewed on Israeli TV, Schem recalled dancing at a rave close to the Gaza border on Oct. 7 when Hamas infiltrators stormed in, killing tons of of revellers. She tried to flee however her automotive was fired on and set alight. Nursing her wound, she surrendered.

“It was a split-second determination, whether or not to remain put and burn to loss of life or go along with him,” she informed Channel 13, referring to a gunman who seized her as she emerged from the flames of the automotive.

Introduced into the Gaza Strip by pickup truck, Schem stated she was saved in a room for 3 days whereas her arm was put in a rudimentary splint. Then she was taken to a Hamas gunman’s dwelling the place, she stated, he sat watch by her bedside.

“(I used to be) closed in a darkish room, not allowed to speak, not allowed to be seen, to be heard, hidden. There’s a terrorist taking a look at you 24/7, wanting, raping you together with his eyes,” she stated.

“There’s a concern of being raped, there’s a concern of dying … I used to be frightened,” she stated, including that the presence of his spouse in the home had given her some reassurance – regardless that the girl handled her with hostility.

“His spouse was exterior the room with the youngsters. That was the one cause he did not rape me,” Schem stated.

Hamas has denied allegations of sexual abuse of Israeli captives by its gunmen.

As she was being launched on Nov. 30, whereas nonetheless in Gaza, Schem stated she had been well-treated, however she informed Channel 13 within the interview that she had felt compelled to offer that account.

Throughout her 54 days as a hostage, Schem stated, the captor’s spouse had “toyed” together with her, serving him meals whereas denying her meals.

“His spouse hated the truth that he and I had been in the identical room,” Schem stated. “You are feeling such as you need a hug, you already know, girl to girl, to interrupt down a bit. That is all you had there. However she was so imply, she had such imply eyes – a nasty girl.”

Schem added that, at one level, the captor had confided to her that he didn’t love his spouse.

The cacophony of Israel’s shelling of the Palestinian enclave didn’t trouble her, she stated, although the home windows of the constructing the place she was held had been shattered and she or he was quickly deafened.

“I believed, ‘If I did not die on the seventh (of October), I am not going to die now’. I trusted within the navy.”

Assist got here too late for Schem’s greatest good friend, Elia Toledano, nonetheless. Kidnapped together with her however taken to a unique location, he was killed in what Hamas stated was an Israeli air strike.

The Israeli navy, which recovered his physique together with these of 4 different hostages this month, stated the circumstances of their deaths had been beneath investigation.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Enhancing by Helen Popper)

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