'My daughter is still alive' says mother of German woman feared dead in Gaza

Shani Louk's mother said she has received evidence that her daughter is in critical condition in Gaza


The mother of a German-Jewish woman feared dead in the Hamas terror attacks has told German press that her daughter, Shani, may still be alive.

Speaking to the German tabloid Bild, Ricarda Louk, said: "We now have evidence that Shani is alive but has a serious head injury and is in critical condition. Every minute is critical.

She appealed to German federal authorities to launch an operation in Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, to rescue her daughter.

Louk added:"'You have to act quickly and get Shani out of the Gaza Strip!' she declared in the message directed at German officials. 

'We shouldn’t argue about questions of jurisdiction now!' 

The JC was not able to independently verify her claims.

Video footage of Shani was posted on social media at the beginning of the Hamas attack, appearing to show her lifeless in the back of a Hamas pickup truck while terrorists desecrated her body.

Earlier in the week, Ricarda appealed for information about her daughter, saying: "We were sent a video in which I could clearly see our daughter unconscious in the car with the Palestinians and them driving around the Gaza Strip.

"I ask you to send us any help or any news. Thank you very much."

She was identified by her cousin Tomasina Weintraub Louk, Shani’s cousin, said the family “still have some kind of hope” that she had survived.

Shani, 30, was an atendee at the Supernovva music festival in southern Israel, which was attacked by Hamas in the early hours of Saturday morning, and where Israeli forces discovered more than 250 bodies in the aftermath of the assault.

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