Welcome to Goldsport! Nearly five weeks after Noa Marciano was abducted alongside more than 200 men, women and children by Hamas during a surprise attack on Israel in the early morning hours of October 7, the “Al-Qassam Brigades’ of Hamas released a video featuring 19-year-old Marciano that has raised many questions about the circumstances surrounding her presumed death.
Noa Marciano, who reportedly turned 19 while in Hamas captivity on October 12, 2023, was from Modi’in. The 19-year-old, who served in the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps of the 414th Regiment in the IDF, was an army spotter at Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
On October 7, 2023, the Palestinian militant group Hamas penetrated Israel from Gaza and attacked nearby communities, including Nahal Oz kibbutz, killing more than 1,400 people in communities, army bases and at a music festival in the south of the Jewish state.
Noa Marciano was one of 240 people taken hostage by Hamas during these attacks.
In the video circulating on Twitter, Noa Marciano, who is being held in Gaza, is seen speaking to the camera before the footage continues to display her dead body with a large wound at the back of her head. In the clip, Hamas claimed Marciano was killed in an Israeli Airstrike against Gaza on November 9, 2023.
However, multiple reports citing anonymous sources claimed that the head wound on the back of Marciano’s head was consistent with several hand-dealt blows to the area, suggesting Hamas was responsible for her presumed death.
According to the 19-year-old’s mother, Adi Marciano, who travelled to the United States to raise awareness of the hostages, her daughter was hiding inside a bomb shelter in the Nahal Oz kibbutz in southern Israel when she was taken by Hamas.
On October 7, Noa Marciano reportedly called her mother from the bomb shelter where she was seeking refuge from the gunfire after Hamas attacked the Kibbutz. In a statement to the Daily News, Adi Marciano said that her daughter and her friends fled in pyjamas after they heard shots being fired outside their home.
Since the attack, Israel has launched an offensive in Gaza, killing more than 9,000 people. As the buildings in Gaza are reduced to rubble following relentless air strikes from Israel, civilians have been struggling to find shelter, food, water and medicines.
While Israeli Defense Forces confirmed that Noa Marciano died while in Hamas captivity, Israeli press omitted to report the same, citing the video as a propaganda tool aimed to incite “psychological terrorism.”
However, Israeli press citing the IDF said that the family of Noa Marciano has been notified of the footage circulating on social media.
The disturbing video has elicited strong reactions both within Israel and internationally. Noa Marciano’s family has been notified, while the public continues to discuss the footage on social media.
The video comes amidst a broader context of escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence and calls for greater cooperation and transparency from both sides regarding the Hamas hostages. There are hopes this tragic incident does not further inflame the already volatile situation in the region.
Going forward, there are renewed efforts to secure the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas. However, Noa Marciano’s death highlights the urgency of reaching a de-escalation of violence between the two sides.
There is a clear need for transparency, accountability and cooperation to avoid future tragedies. Though the circumstances around her death remain uncertain, Noa Marciano’s courageous service and short life will be honored and remembered.