Ariel Cunio

Kibbutz Nir Oz

Ariel is my youngest child and a devoted partner to Arbel Yehud (also kidnapped). Ariel loves to hang out with his friends, exercise and keep fit.

He served in a key role in the IDF and was admired by his soldiers for his quiet charisma and leadership. Upon completing his army service, Ariel and Arbel traveled to South America, after which he enrolled as a computer science major and started working in the hi-tech sector.

Ariel worked as a lifeguard at the Kibbutz pool, and when he was young he loved to draw.

On October 7, Ariel along with his older brother, David, and his brother’s family (wife Sharon and twin girls, Emma and Yuli), was kidnapped and taken to Gaza by Hamas terrorists. 

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