IDF Rescues Four Hostages From Hamas Captivity

Stand for Israel  |  June 10, 2024

Family members of released hostage Andrey Kozlov speak to the media at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, June 9, 2024.
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In a daring IDF operation, four hostages were freed and brought home to loved ones this past weekend. The hostages were being held by civilians, who were paid by Hamas to hide them in their homes, making the rescue mission more complex, reports The Jerusalem Post:

Four hostages were rescued simultaneously from two separate nearby locations in Nuseirat in central Gaza, in a high-risk joint operation by the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Yamam and police in broad daylight, the IDF announced in a series of statements on Saturday.

Regarding the third such successful operation to rescue hostages since the war started on October 7, the IDF said that the rescued hostages were Noa Argamani (25), Almog Meir (21), Andrey Kozlov (27) and Shlomi Ziv (40), all of whom were kidnapped by Hamas to the Gaza Strip from the Supernova festival…

Part of the operation was also facilitated by the fact that the hostages were being held in civilian apartments above ground, as opposed to tunnels, where many other hostages are held.

On the other hand, the fact that some of those holding the hostages were not official members of Hamas, but civilians who were paid to supervise them to better conceal their location, created complications for the entire operation.

IDF chief of staff encouraged the people of Israel by saying no hostage will be left behind. IDF is working hard to rescue the remaining 120 hostages still captive in Gaza:

“We will not give up on a single hostage. I want to say that it is a great pride seeing the security forces working together, shoulder to shoulder, in a vital operation: returning the hostages home.”