Israeli Forces Rescue Four Hostages Following Heavy Gunfire

Report reaching the desk of Africa Today News, New York has it that following heavy gunfire, four Israeli hostages kidnapped from the Nova music festival on 7 October were yesterday rescued by the Israeli military. 

The names of those freed were given as Noa Argamani, 25, Almog Meir Jan, 22, Andrei Kozlov, 27 and Shlomi Ziv, 41

Israel says the rescue was conducted in broad daylight, under heavy fire, at two separate buildings in Nuseirat, Central Gaza, BBC reports.

The freed hostages are said to be in a good medical condition and have been pictured embracing family members at the ‘Sheba’ Tel-HaShomer Medical Center, where they have been checked.

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Dozens of people, including children, have been killed and injured in the area where the operation took place, with images and footage showing significant numbers of casualties, according to BBC.

Staff at the Al-Aqsa hospital are said to be struggling to treat the casualties.

Recall that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had a fortnight ago revealed that Israeli forces have recovered the bodies of three hostages from Gaza.

Africa Today News, New York gathered that the bodies recovered were those of Shani Louk, Amit Buskila, and Itzhak Gelerenter.

The IDF said they had been murdered on 7 October and their remains taken back to Gaza.

Local media reported that the bodies were found in a Hamas tunnel.

No fewer than 1,200 people were killed in an unprecedented attack when Hamas gunmen burst into Israel. They took 252 others back to Gaza as hostages.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the news “heart-breaking”.

“We will return all of our hostages, the living and the deceased alike,” he said.

In a statement, the IDF said the bodies had been recovered in an operation overnight. It said it had acted on intelligence gleaned from “interrogations of terrorists” who had been detained in Gaza.

It said the three victims had been killed at an intersection near the site of the Nova festival massacre in southern Israel, before their bodies were taken to Gaza.

Africa Today News, New York

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