Shani Louk, the woman subjected to the degrading treatment and parading by Hamas fighters during their sudden offensive against Israel, may have also fallen victim to robbery, as reported.
The family of Shani Louk, a German national, has not been in contact with their daughter since she made a phone call in the early hours of October 7, shortly after the commencement of Hamas’s rocket attacks into Israeli territory.
In an interview with the German news outlet Der Spiegel, the family disclosed that they had received information from her bank indicating that her credit card had been used in Gaza.
Ricarda Louk, Shani’s mother, clings to the hope that her daughter might still be alive. In a video posted on X (formerly Twitter), she mentioned seeing her daughter “unconscious in a car with Palestinians” and admitted, “I just don’t want to admit it yet.”
Shani Louk was attending an outdoor “Festival for Peace” event near Kibbutz Urim when the Hamas fighters stormed the area. Videos captured the panic that swept through the crowd as the fighters arrived at the desert event.
A video circulated on social media shortly after the attack, depicting a partially clothed young woman on the back of a pickup truck surrounded by Hamas soldiers. Although her face wasn’t visible, her distinct dreadlocks and tattoos aided her family in identifying her.
Another video circulating on social media showcased a moment when an Israeli woman pleaded for her life as she was forcibly separated from her partner and taken into Gaza by Hamas fighters.
Noa Argamani (25) and her partner Avi Natan were also attending a music festival when they were taken hostage. In the video, Argamani can be heard begging her captors, saying, “Don’t kill me!”
Amid the Hamas offensive against Israel, allegations have surfaced regarding the Palestinian militant group’s commission of numerous atrocities. Among the casualties were women, children, and elderly individuals, with at least 100 Israeli hostages taken during the land, air, and sea assault.
IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus described the situation, explaining that “women, children, elderly, disabled” civilians were “dragged into Gaza” in unprecedented numbers. Some are believed to be alive, while others are feared dead, with profound implications for the ongoing conflict.