Four Hostages Rescued from Gaza in Israeli Operation Amid Heavy Casualties

by Louisa Afful
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In a dramatic rescue operation, four hostages kidnapped by Hamas militants during the October 7 music festival were freed from Gaza on Saturday. The hostages, Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv, were reunited with their families in Israel after a complex operation by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The rescue took place in Al-Nuseirat, central Gaza, where at least 210 Palestinians were killed in air strikes. The connection between the hostage rescue and the Israeli air assault remains unclear. Noa Argamani, who was visibly emotional, expressed her relief and joy at being reunited with her father in the hospital. “I’m so happy to be here,” she said. “I haven’t heard Hebrew for so long. ” Argamani, 25, along with Jan, 21, Kozlov, 27, and Ziv, 41, were all abducted from the Nova music festival.

IDF officials reported that the hostages were held in two houses in Nuseirat. Hundreds of Israeli troops participated in the daylight operation, which had been meticulously planned for weeks. “While under fire, our forces rescued our hostages,” said IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari. One Israeli soldier was killed during the mission.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing growing pressure to secure the release of remaining hostages, praised the operation’s bravery and ingenuity. He reaffirmed Israel’s commitment to bringing all hostages home.

Palestinian authorities reported significant casualties from the bombardment, with at least 210 killed and 400 wounded. The Al-Aqsa hospital, strained by power shortages, struggled to cope with the influx of injured. The October 7 attack by Hamas militants resulted in over 1,200 Israeli deaths and more than 250 hostages taken. Israeli officials estimate that 116 hostages remain in Gaza, with 41 presumed dead.

Footage showed the emotional reunions of the freed hostages with their families. Argamani’s abduction became widely known after videos of her kidnapping surfaced online. Her boyfriend, Avinatan Or, is believed to still be in Gaza. The Hostage and Missing Families Forum praised the rescue as “heroic” but urged the Israeli government to continue efforts to bring back all remaining hostages.

The Israeli offensive in Gaza has resulted in nearly 37,000 Palestinian deaths since October 7, according to local health officials. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, with significant destruction and loss of life.


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