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Baby Kfir Beibas, held hostage in Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces is investigating unconfirmed claims that Hamas terrorists have executed Israeli hostages Shiri Silverman Beibas, 10-month-old baby son Kfir and 4-year-old son Ariel.

The Hamas military wing issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying: “Al-Qassam Brigades announce the killing of three detained Zionists as a result of previous Zionist shelling on the Gaza Strip. They are: Sherry Silverman Beibas, Kfir Beibas and Ariel Beibas.”

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The claim has not been confirmed and Hamas issued no further evidence of having murdered the three Israelis.

“During the Hamas massacre of October 7, the Beibas family, including 10-month-old Kfir Beibas, his 4-year-old brother Ariel Beibas, and their mother Shiri Beibas — were kidnapped alive into Gaza,” IDF Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari emphasized. 

“The barbarism and cruelty of Hamas is on full display to the world. IDF representatives spoke with the Beibas family following the recent reports and are with them at this difficult time. The IDF is assessing the accuracy of the information,” Hagari said.

“Hamas is wholly responsible for the security of all hostages in the Gaza Strip,” he warned.

“Hamas must be held accountable. Hamas’ actions continue to endanger the hostages, which include nine children. Hamas must immediately release our hostages.

“The IDF, along with other security agencies, will continue to accompany the Beibas family, as well as all families of the hostages and missing persons,” he added.

The Beibas family issued its own statement as well.

“Our family is updated on the latest Hamas publication. We are waiting for the news to be verified or hopefully disproved soon by military officials,” the family said.

“We thank the people of Israel for the warm embrace, but ask to maintain our privacy at this difficult time.”

Previously, Hamas claimed it had no information on the Beibas family and “could not find” them, saying the baby, his young brother and mother had all been handed over to another terrorist faction in Gaza, possibly the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group in Khan Younis.

Kfir Bibas was just nine months old when he was abducted from Kibbutz Nir Oz on Oct. 7, the youngest hostage to be taken captive by the invading barbarians.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.