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Israeli-American hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin appears in Hamas video, the first proof he survived October 7 injuries

From CNN’s Eyad Kourdi, Pauline Lockwood and Lauren Izso

Hamas released a video of Israeli-American hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin on Wednesday, the first proof that he survived being badly wounded during his capture on October 7.

Goldberg-Polin, then 23, was kidnapped from the Nova music festival on October 7 during Hamas’ attacks on Israel that left more than 1,200 people dead and saw more than 200 people taken hostage in Gaza.

He is shown in the undated video with part of his left arm missing several inches above the hand.

Video filmed on October 7 showed Goldberg-Polin with his arm severely injured. A firsthand account from a young woman who was in a bunker with Goldberg-Polin when Hamas attacked said he helped to throw grenades out, before having his arm blown off from the elbow down.

The latest video shows Goldberg-Polin seated in a chair, addressing the camera directly.

Gesturing occasionally with his injured arm, he identifies himself and gives his date of birth and parents’ names.

He says that he has been “here for almost 200 days,” suggesting that the video was filmed shortly before Tuesday, the 200th day of the war.

This post has been updated with additional developments.

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