The President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, received family members of hostages held in Gaza Strip by Hamas. the President received the families at the Presidential Mansion in Athens on Monday morning.
The families of the hostages held in Gaza by Hamas are visiting Greece from Israel in order to raise awareness among the Greek public about the situation of their loved ones.
Welcoming Galia and Ilay David, the mother and brother of 22-year-old hostage Evyatar David, as well as Orit and Aviram Meir, mother and uncle of hostage Almog Meir, who is also being held hostage in the Gaza Strip, Sakellaropoulou expressed her undivided support, as well as that of the entire Greek people, to the families of the Israeli hostages.
The President wished for the speedy return of their loved ones and for peace to prevail in the region.
Sakellaropoulou said, the taking of hundreds of people hostage, including young children, women and the elderly, is a trauma for the collective conscience of humanity and constitutes one of the most serious war crimes, for which the perpetrators should face the consequences.
She also underlined that international pressure should be intensified on Hamas in order to allow the abductees to communicate and of course return safely to their families and homes, adding that Greece unreservedly supports every diplomatic effort in this direction.
The President of the Republic spoke with Almog Meir’s mother, who referred to the hostage situation and her last communication with her son, expressing the dramatic ordeal of families and relatives of hostages, who have no information about the fate of their loved ones.