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Kirby: ‘No question’ that Hamas hostage seen in video was speaking ‘under duress’

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said Tuesday that there is “no question” in his mind that a female hostage who appeared in a video released by Hamas was making statements “under duress.”

Kirby made the remark on NBC’s “Today” show after the Palestinian terrorist group shared footage Monday of Mia Schem, a 21-year-old French Israeli, who, according to Reuters, asked to be returned to her family as soon as possible. French President Emmanuel Macron has called for Schem’s immediate release.

“There is no question in my mind that that woman gave that video testimony under duress, probably forced to do it,” Kirby said. “It’s a propaganda video much more than it is proof of life or certainly proof of concept for Hamas. It’s despicable, deplorable that they would take these hostages and then advertise how well they are treating them when they are the ones who hurt them in the first place.”

Kirby reiterated a call for Hamas to immediately release all of its hostages, estimated to include 199 Israelis and other foreign nationals.

 

“I’m begging the world to bring my baby back home. She only went to a party, to a festival party to have some fun, and now she’s in Gaza,” she said.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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