Freed Israeli hostage describes deteriorating conditions while being held by Hamas

This handout photo provided by the IDF shows released Israeli hostage Eitan Yahalomi, 12, Monday, upon his arrival at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, after being held hostage by militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (IDF via AP)

Ruth Munder, a released Israeli hostage, walks with an Israeli soldier shortly after her arrival Friday, in Israel. (IDF/ via AP)

TEL AVIV, Israel — An Israeli hostage freed by Hamas said in an interview that she was initially fed well in captivity until conditions worsened and people became hungry. She was kept in a “suffocating” room and slept on plastic chairs with a sheet for nearly 50 days.