Israeli Forces Rescue Four Hostages from Gaza, Including Noa Argamani

Israeli Forces Rescue Four Hostages from Gaza, Including Noa Argamani


Israeli military forces successfully rescued four hostages from Gaza, including Noa Argamani, who had been abducted during the Nova music festival on October 7. The rescue operation took place in central Gaza and resulted in the hostages being transferred to Sheba Tel-HaShomer Medical Center near Tel Aviv for medical evaluation. Authorities have reported that all four hostages are in good medical condition.

The hostages, identified as Noa Argamani (25), Almog Meir Jan (21), Andrey Kozlov (27), and Shlomi Ziv (40), were among those kidnapped by Hamas during the Nova music festival. The rescue operation was carried out by Israeli security forces, including the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Securities Authority, and the Israel Police.

The news of the successful rescue was met with jubilation in Israel, with crowds cheering upon hearing the announcement at a beach in Tel Aviv. A video circulating on social media showed Noa Argamani reuniting with her father, and she also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following her rescue.

The rescue operation comes after pressure had been mounting on the Israeli government to secure the release of the hostages, with regular protests taking place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The Hostages and Missing Families Forum, an advocacy group, described the rescue as miraculous and called for the release of all hostages still held by Hamas.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid welcomed the hostages back, calling the rescue a great light in a terrible darkness. Efforts to free Noa Argamani were particularly urgent as her mother, who has terminal brain cancer, remained gravely ill during her captivity. Noa turned 26 while in captivity, and her boyfriend, Avinatan Or, is believed to still be in Gaza.

Almog Meir Jan, who was released from military service months before the attack, had attempted to flee the festival with a friend but was captured shortly after. Shlomi Ziv, working as a security guard at the festival, had contacted his sisters while attempting to escape. Andrey Kozlov, who recently moved to Israel from Russia, was also working as a security guard at the festival.

This successful rescue operation marks the second time since October 7 that Israeli forces have rescued hostages alive from Gaza. In February, two hostages were rescued from the southern city of Rafah during an overnight mission. However, the bodies of three hostages were recovered from the Jabalia camp in northern Gaza in May.

Hamas captured approximately 250 hostages during the attacks on October 7. While roughly half were released during a weeklong ceasefire in November, Israel estimates that more than 130 hostages remain in captivity, with approximately a quarter of them believed to be deceased. Hamas has yet to respond to calls for a ceasefire deal proposed by President Joe Biden.


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