Bodies of three hostages recovered from Gaza in overnight IDF operation

Bodies of three hostages recovered from Gaza in overnight IDF operation
Bodies of three hostages recovered from Gaza in overnight IDF operation

The Israeli military announced in a statement that the bodies of three hostages were recovered from the war-torn Gaza Strip on Friday amid fierce fighting between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas. The victims are Itzhak Gelerenter, Amit Buskila, and Shani Louk, and their bodies were discovered in an overnight operation, according to the statement, which quoted IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari.

“The victims were at the Supernova music festival on the morning of the Hamas-led October 7 onslaught, where they then fled to the Mefalsim area. There, they were killed by the Hamas terrorists, and their bodies were taken to Gaza,” Rear Admiral Hagari said.

According to local media, the bodies were found in a Hamas tunnel.

Of the three hostages, two – Gelerenter and Buskila – were previously presumed to be alive, while Louk was confirmed dead in late October after a piece of her skull was identified following widely-shared footage of the terrorists kidnapping her.

The recovery operations have been “going on for a long time already,” the IDF spokesperson further stated, adding that the intelligence came from “interrogations of terrorists” who had been detained in Gaza.

“The intense fighting in all parts of the Gaza Strip continues. The task of utmost importance of returning the hostages is on the mind of every commander and fighter in the field,” he added.

The Israeli military also called on the public to refrain from spreading rumors.

Hamas’s attack on southern Israel in October 2023 claimed the lives of more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, with several others taken hostage, according to Israeli official figures.

The IDF’s military retaliation has resulted in the deaths of at least 35,272 people, also mostly civilians, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

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