Brother of Israeli hostage from Long Island prays for his safe return as deal with Hamas looms

ChanteƩ Lans

Originally published in ABC7 New York on .

PLAINVIEW, Long Island (WABC) -- As the war between Israel and Hamas rages on, a Jewish community center continues to pray for one of their members who was taken hostage.

Survivor Natalie Sanadaji of Great Neck, recounted the moments during the Nova Music Festival where she almost lost her life.

"One of the most terrifying moments, was running in a specific direction, thinking that we're running to safety and then seeing dozens of kids running in our direction, understanding that they're being pursued, and they're being shot at," she said.

Over 360 concertgoers were killed. 

On Tuesday, state and federal leaders from Long Island gathered to support the Jewish community.

"They're not only holding Israelis hostage but they're also holding the Palestinian people hostage," New York Senator Kevin Thomas said.

This comes as President Joe Biden says negotiators are close to reaching a deal to release dozens of hostages.

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