Behind closed doors: How a prominent Gazan family secretly kept three hostages – WSJ

Palestinians inspect the site of an Israeli strike in Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, June 6, 2024 (photo credit: REUTERS/EMAD ABU SHAWIESH)
Published June 18, 2024

The house of a prominent Gazan family – a doctor, a journalist, a phlebotomist and their children – secretly harbored three hostages. How was this possible?

Dr. Ahmad – a general practitioner, imam, and member of a prominent family in Gaza – secretly held three Israeli hostages captive in his home for six months, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.Every day, Aljamal returned home from work to his son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, and captives Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv.

The secret captivity

According to the report, citing residents, it was an open secret within the Nuseirat camp that Aljamal’s family was associated with Hamas. Aljamal’s brother, Abdelrahman Aljamal, is a Hamas lawyer in Gaza. Nevertheless, the report stated that most did not know of the three hostages being held in a dark room in the family’s house.

The IDF reported that the son, Abdullah Aljamal, 37, was a journalist for the Palestinian news site The Palestine Chronicle. Fatma, his wife, was a phlebotomist at a local clinic.



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To the outside world, they were a physician, a journalist. No one suspected their apartment had become a prison.

Israeli hostages were held in two apartment buildings in the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Nuseirat. EYAD BABA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Published June 17, 2024

The 73-year-old general practitioner Ahmad Al-Jamal was a fixture of his community.

He worked mornings at a public clinic in the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Nuseirat and afternoons at his own small private clinic, where residents turned to him for procedures such as circumcisions. He also was an imam at a local mosque, where he was known for his beautiful voice when reciting the Quran.




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