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The Gaza War: Israel rescues 4 hostages alive, says its army

The Gaza War: Israel rescues 4 hostages alive, says its army

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Virendra Pandit

New Delhi: Eight months into the ongoing Gaza War since the Hamas invasion of Israel, when the Palestinian terrorist group killed nearly 1,300 Israelis, raped several women, and took over 250 hostages, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Saturday that it has, in a rare case, rescued four hostages alive from Hamas captivity.

In a massive Israeli counteroffensive since October 7, 2023, over 36,000 Gazans have died and all efforts to usher in peace in the Middle East have failed so far.

The Israeli military said its troops had rescued on Saturday four Israeli hostages alive from Gaza after a “complex daytime operation,” the media reported.

“Noa Argamani (25), Almog Meir Jan (21), Andrey Kozlov (27), and Shlomi Ziv (40), were kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization from the Nova music festival on October 7,” the military said in a statement, adding the four were in “good medical condition.”

“The hostages were rescued… from two separate locations in the heart of Nuseirat” in Central Gaza, the military added.

During their October 7 attack on the music festival and other areas of southern Israel, militants took 251 hostages, 116 of whom now remain in the Palestinian territory, including 41 the army says are dead.

Earlier on Saturday the military said in a separate statement that forces were “targeting terrorist infrastructure in the area of Nuseirat.”

A Gaza hospital said Israeli strikes in central areas of the territory, including in Nuseirat camp, killed at least 15 people on Saturday.
“Intense Israeli air strikes in central governorate left at least 15 martyrs and tens wounded who have been brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital,” the spokesman for the facility, Dr. Khalil al-Dakran, was quoted as saying.

The casualties had come from in and around Nuseirat camp as well as Deir al-Balah, where the hospital is located.

Hamas said in a statement: “There are dozens of bodies of martyrs and wounded lying on the ground, in the streets, and in safe rooms,”, adding the Israeli forces were engaged in a “brutal and savage aggression on Nuseirat camp.”

Social media footage aired by Israeli television channels showed thick plumes of smoke billowing into the sky from several buildings in Nuseirat.

In recent weeks the IDF has carried out intense air and ground assaults in and around Nuseirat.

On Thursday, it struck a school turned shelter run by the UN agency for supporting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) which the Al-Aqsa Hospital said had killed 37 people.

The Israeli military acknowledged it conducted the strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp that targeted the UN school, saying it killed 17 “terrorists” there.

In February, another rescue mission freed two hostages, but the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza said heavy air strikes that accompanied that mission killed around 100 people in Rafah, southern Gaza.


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