MEDWAY, MASS. (WHDH) - A family from Medway is back home in Massachusetts after weeks of uncertainty stuck in Gaza.
The Okal family had been visiting relatives when Hamas launched a surprise attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7. The family was subsequently stranded in the area with limited power, food, and water.
On Tuesday, a representative of the Okal family told 7NEWS Abood Okal, Wafaa Abuzayda and their 1-year-old son Yousef had finally landed at Logan Airport.
At one point in recent weeks, the Okal family had been staying in a single-family house with 40 other people, including 10 Americans.
After several failed attempts to escape, the family managed to safely cross into Egypt last week.
The family representative said the family was incredibly thankful to be back in Medway.
Photos captured the Okal family’s arrival at Logan, with the family celebrating their homecoming.
Later speaking with 7NEWS, Medway Select Board Chair Glenn Trindade said he is happy the family is home.
“It is rare, when something that far away happens and you’ve got a local connection,” Trindade said. “Here’s somebody that’s a member of our community and was in that situation and everybody did want to try to do something that could be meaningful to help them.”
Medway officials have said they plan to hold a candlelight vigil in the future to celebrate the Okal family’s return once they have time to rest.
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