Four Israeli hostages rescued from Gaza


The Israeli army said its troops rescued four Israeli hostages from Gaza after a complicated operation on Saturday.

“Noa Argamani (25), Almog Meir Jan (21), Andrey Kozlov (27) and Shlomi Ziv (40) were kidnapped on October 7 by the Hamas terrorist organization at the Nova music festival,” the army said in a statement and added that the four are in “good medical condition”.

According to the army, the four hostages were rescued in two separate locations. It comes eight months after Hamas militants took 251 Israeli citizens hostage during the attack at the music festival and other areas. At least 41 of the hostages are already dead, according to the army.

Earlier on Saturday, the army said in a separate statement that its troops were “targeting terrorist infrastructure in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčNuseirat”. At least 15 people are believed to have died.

The military has carried out air and ground strikes in and around Nuseirat in recent weeks.

At least 37 people were killed on Thursday in an Israeli attack on a school run by the United Nations and believed to have been used as a shelter by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

The Israeli army also confirmed that it had “eliminated” several militants during an attack on a “Hamas compound” in the Nuseirat area in central Gaza.

Israel accuses Hamas and its allies in Gaza of using schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure as shelters, including facilities run by the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, as operational centers.

Hamas denies these allegations.