Israeli Health Ministry officials claim that members of Hamas provided sedatives to hostages before their release to Red Cross representatives. The alleged purpose was to create a facade of happiness and calmness for the hostages, who endured over 50 days in Gaza.
According to a report by the Times of Israel, the drug in question, known as Clonex in Israel and under other trade names globally, is typically used for anxiety disorders, seizures, bipolar mania, psychosis-associated agitation, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Ronit Adwalt, the director of the Health Ministry's nutrition department, presented this claim during a hearing in the Knesset.
Dr. Hagar Mizrahi, head of the Ministry of Health's medical department, plans to send an official report to health organizations worldwide detailing evidence of drug administration and other medical findings after the hostages' return. Blood test confirmation of medication administration has not been disclosed yet.