Photo by Gideon Markowicz on 8 June, 2024

Israel Rescues 4 Hostages Held in Gaza

Public By Sveta Listratov • 8 June, 2024

Jerusalem, 8 June, 2024 (TPS) -- In a meticulously planned and executed operation, the IDF, together with Shin Bet and the elite counter- terrorism unit of Border Police (Yamam), successfully liberated four Israeli hostages held by Hamas since their abduction on October 7 during the Nova Festival. The hostages—Noa Argamani (25), Almog Meir (21), Andrey Kozlov (27), and Shlomi Ziv (40)—were safely extracted from two separate civilian buildings within the Nuseirat refugee camp.

The operation, conducted in broad daylight, required utmost precision and focus due to the hostages’ location amidst civilian populations and the presence of armed terrorists guarding them. Despite these challenges, the IDF teams swiftly and effectively neutralized threats to ensure the safety of both the hostages and the rescuers.

Moments after the successful operation, IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari addressed the press, emphasizing the strategic importance of the operation’s precision.

“The hostages were held within civilian areas, necessitating highly focused and targeted tactics to minimize collateral damage and ensure the safety of innocent bystanders,” stated Hagari. “This operation was the culmination of weeks of meticulous intelligence gathering and planning by the IDF’s Intelligence Directorate and Shin Bet.”

Hagari commended the bravery and professionalism of the hundreds of soldiers involved in the rescue mission. He noted that despite the inherent risks, the IDF remains committed to bringing all hostages home safely.

“One Yamam operative sustained serious injuries during the operation and is currently receiving medical treatment,” Hagari informed. “Our thoughts are with him, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

As the rescued hostages undergo medical examinations and reunite with their families, Hagari reiterated that the mission will not be complete until all hostages held in Gaza are returned to safety.

At least 1,200 people were killed, and 252 Israelis and foreigners were taken hostage in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on October 7. Of the 120 remaining hostages, some 40 are believed to be dead.