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Israel says 4 hostages including Noa Arghamani rescued in Gaza operation

Four Israeli hostages are taken by Hamas during a music concert. 7 October terrorist attack More than 100 militants were rescued alive on Saturday during a raid on a Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces, security service Shin Bet and Israeli police announced in a joint statement.

25 years old Noa ArgamaniAlmog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40, were kidnapped at a Nova music festival. They were recovered after the IDF announced it had struck a “terrorist structure” in central Gaza.

The joint statement said the hostages were rescued from two different locations during the operation and “their medical condition is normal.”

Hostage families in Ramat Gan head to a hospital to meet reportedly released hostages
People gather around a released hostage after the Israeli military said it had rescued four hostages alive in the central Gaza Strip, in Ramat Gan, Israel, on June 8.

Marko Jurica/Reuters

The released Israelis were sent to Tel Hashomer Sheba Medical Center for further medical checkups, the joint statement said. Family members could be seen arriving at the hospital on Saturday to greet their loved ones.

“I followed the complex operation from the command and control center – the IDF, ISA and special forces acted with extraordinary courage under heavy fire and succeeded in completing their mission,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said after the announcement. “Israel's defense establishment will continue the fight until the 120 hostages return home.”

“The heroic operation carried out by the IDF, which freed and brought back home Noa Arghamani, Shlomi Ziv, Andrey Kozlov and Almog Meir Jan, is a miraculous victory,” the Hostage Families Forum said in a statement. “Now, with the joy that is sweeping Israel, the Israeli government must remember its commitment to repatriating all 120 hostages still held by Hamas – alive for resettlement and killed for burial.”

IDF spokesman Daniel Hagar said the four hostages were rescued by IDF soldiers from two separate buildings, which was part of “a high-risk complex mission based on precise intelligence carried out in broad daylight in two separate buildings”.

Hagari said the rescue operation was carried out “amid gunfire from inside buildings and while exiting Gaza”, and that Israeli forces had been preparing for the mission for several weeks.

“They underwent intensive training. They risked their lives to save the lives of our hostages. This is what we do in Israel,” Hagari said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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