Four Israeli hostages including Noa Argamani rescued during ‘complex’ raid in central Gaza

The Israeli military rescued four Israeli hostages alive from Gaza on Saturday.

They have been held there since they were captured by Palestinian Hamas militias during their attack on the Supernova music festival in southern Israel on October 7, the army said.

The prisoners were identified by the army as Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv. The hostages were rescued during a “complex” operation at two locations in Nuseirat in central Gaza, according to the IDF.

Argamani, 26, was one of the most well-known hostages after he was kidnapped at a music festival in southern Israel.

The video of her abduction was among the first to emerge immediately after October 7. Argamani was taken away on a motorcycle by two Hamas fighters while screaming: “Don’t kill me!”

The video showed her boyfriend, Avinatan Or, an engineer, being led away separately.

More recently, Argamani has appeared in propaganda videos broadcast by the group.

Her mother Liora is suffering from terminal brain cancer and released a video in April begging to be allowed to see her daughter one more time before she died.

A video of Argamani hugging her father after the reunification was broadcast by Israel News 12.

An excited Argamani spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone. In an audio message released by the government, Netanyahu can be heard asking her how she is. She tells him she is “very excited” and says she hasn’t heard Hebrew in a long time.

She and the other three former hostages are in good health and are recovering at Tel HaShomer Hospital in central Israel, Haaretz reports.

“On behalf of the entire Israeli people, I thank the Israeli army, the Shin Bet, the Israel Police and the Israel Defense Forces for an impressive and courageous rescue operation and wish all of our abductees a speedy return to their families. Israel lives!” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in an X-post on Saturday.

The group includes the first Israeli hostages rescued since two others were freed in a raid in February. Saturday’s raid was Hamas’s largest hostage rescue operation, bringing the total number rescued to seven.

According to a report in the New York Post, Israel says there are still 130 more hostages in Gaza, but a high percentage of them may already have died as a result of the deprivations of captivity.

As seen in X circulating videos of the moment, cheers erupted on Tel Aviv’s beaches after lifeguards announced the successful operation.

– With AFP

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