Israel Rescues Four Hostages Kidnapped By Hamas


Israel says it has rescued four hostages from Gaza.

They are in a good medical condition, Israeli authorities said.

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The hostages, who were captured by Hamas from the Nova music festival in October, were named as Noa Argamani, 25, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40.

Israeli forces rescued them “under fire” from two different buildings in “a complex mission in daylight,” which was “weeks in planning,” according to Daniel Hagari, the spokesman for the IDF (Israel Defence Forces).

In a joint statement, the IDF, ISA (Israel Securities Authority) and Israel Police said: “The hostages were rescued by the IDF, ISA and ‘Yamam’ forces from two separate locations in the heart of Nuseirat.

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“They are in good medical condition and have been transferred to the ‘Sheba’ Tel-HaShomer Medical Centre for further medical examinations.

“The security forces will continue to make every effort to bring the hostages home.”

Fifty Palestinians have been killed during the attacks on Nuseirat, and other areas in central Gaza, a Gaza health official has told Reuters news agency.

The recovery of the three men and one woman is the largest such recovery since the war with Hamas began on October 7.

A video showing Noa Argamani being reunited with her father, smiling and hugging him and putting her head on his shoulder, was shown on Israeli News 12.

Video of her kidnapping was widely shared soon after she was taken into Gaza on a golf cart on 7 October.

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