The identity of Avera Mengistu who was depicted in a video released by Hamas on Monday is not confirmed. He is recorded as asking when Israel will obtain his release after 9 years in captivity with the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It was released hours after Lt. Gem Hertzi Halevi took up his post as IDF chief of staff from Aviv Kohavi. The Mengistu family migrated to Israel from Ethiopia. They claim that Avera was suffering from mental ill health when he crossed the border into the Gaza Strip in 2014.