Hamas Monday released a short video showing three women who are believed to be captives held by the Palestinian militant group since its terror attack on Israel on October 7.
The hostage video is only the second released by Hamas since more than 200 people were taken into Gaza after the attack earlier this month and appears intended undermine Benjamin Netanyahu with pointed criticism over his leadership by the detained women.
The video shows them seated in plastic chairs facing the camera, while the woman in the middle addresses Netanyahu directly with increasing fury.
She makes reference to a press conference by families of the hostages “yesterday,” suggesting it was filmed on Monday.
The video comes just days after progress in hostage negotiations fell through, a fact referenced by the speaker who mentions a supposed “ceasefire.” Israeli leaders Friday dismissed talks of a breakthrough in talks as a rumor as they announced an expansion of the ground campaign.
The woman speaks fluently and does not appear to be reading from a script, but because the women are hostages, the statement could have been made under duress.
“You promised to release us all,” she says, suggesting she is aware of hostage negotiations.
She finishes with a demand to “free us all,” screaming: “Now! Now! Now!”
Relatives of the hostages have named the women as Yelena Trupanob, Daniel Aloni and Rimon Kirsht; Aloni is the speaker.
The women do not show visible signs of physical mistreatment, but CNN is unable to verify anything about their circumstances or well-being.
Netanyahu’s office confirmed the names in a brief statement, and said, "Our hearts go out to you and the other abductees. We are doing everything to bring all the kidnapped and missing people home."
Israeli television channels 11 and 12 are showing a still from the video on air. Channel 13 is not, saying on air it is honoring a request from the relatives.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commented on the Hamas hostage video, with Israeli military spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari saying in a press briefing Monday that "our heart is broken by the cry of Daniel and from the faces of Yelena and Rimon who sit beside her."
Hagari said Hamas is engaging in "mindgames" by releasing the footage of the women, and noted the number of hostages believed to held by the Palestinian militant group in Gaza is 238.
Translation by Ido Soen in London. CNN's Stephanie Halasz, Richard Allen Greene and Abel Alvarado contributed to this post.
Correction: The post has been updated with the correct spelling of the names of the hostages shown in the video.