Hajar Mizrahi stated, before legislators, that sedative medications such as Retrovil, also known as Klonex, were given to some hostages before their release last month.
She added, before the Parliament’s Health Committee, that Hamas members “gave them Klonex pills to make them appear calm and happy before handing them over to the Red Cross.”
She did not specify whether this information was based on blood tests or testimonies of people, nor did she mention the number of hostages she was talking about.
She explained: “They also gave them some food before releasing them so that they would leave captivity in good condition.”
Israeli officials say that Hamas fighters took approximately 240 hostages to Gaza during their October 7 attack on southern Israel, during which 1,200 people were killed, most of them civilians.
105 of those hostages were released during a truce brokered by Qatar, the United States and Egypt, which ended on Friday. The truce stopped fighting in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, and where the movement’s media office said that more than 16,200 people were killed, the majority of them civilians.
Of the 105 hostages released, 80 Israelis were released, compared to 240 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons within the framework of the truce agreement.
Four hostages had been released before the truce, and the Israeli army announced the release of a female soldier in a ground operation it carried out in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli authorities say 138 people are still being held by Hamas.
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