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Israeli Forces Recover Bodies Of 3 Hostages During Gaza Raid

Large posters with photos of Israeli hostages held by the Hamas movement since October 7 cover a wall in Jerusalem on February 2, 2024, as fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas continues. ing. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Sophia Flores of OAN
12:02 PM – Friday, May 17, 2024

Israeli forces have successfully recovered the bodies of three hostages taken by Hamas from a tunnel in the Gaza Strip.

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At a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Daniel Hagari identified the recovered bodies as 56-year-old Itzhak Gellerenter, 28-year-old Amit Baskira, and 23-year-old Shani Luuk. .

Their bodies were recovered during an ongoing operation by Israel called “Operation Iron Sword.” According to Israeli intelligence, the three died on October 7.th.

According to a witness who remembers seeing them on October 7th.th, Basquilla, Gelernter, and Luke were attending the Nova Music Festival when they suddenly heard gunshots and screams. They fled the area and soon found shelter near Kibbutz Mefalsim. However, all three were soon captured and killed by members of a terrorist group.

Their bodies were then transferred to Gaza.

“According to verified intelligence in our possession, three people were killed during the brutal terrorist attack on October 7th, if memory serves us best.”th In this area,” Hagari said. “Their bodies were abducted to Gaza by Hamas terrorists. The bodies of the abductees were recovered in a joint operation between the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet. [internal security agency] “The operational force was formed based on information that emerged from the Shin Bet’s interrogations of terrorists captured in the Gaza Strip, as well as intelligence guidance from prisoners of war and the MIAs Intelligence Directorate,” Hagari said.

Luke, a tattoo artist, was one of the most high-profile figures in the October 7th attack.th The tragedy occurred because media networks consistently released her photos to the world. Photos of her body being paraded in the back of a truck by Hamas terrorists quickly spread around the world. A German-Israeli, her death was confirmed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry in late October after her forensic examiner found bone fragments in her skull.

Basquilla, a fashion stylist, was on the phone with her uncle Simon just before she was killed. Her uncle heard her pleading with her attackers on the phone to spare her life. Basquilla said she heard more gunshots behind her and told her she had been shot in the hand. Before her phone went silent, Ms. Basquila announced that she was near death, telling her uncle in a weak voice: “I love you”.

Meanwhile, Gelernter’s family was shocked by Friday’s news of his death, having been “in the dark” about his fate before the announcement.

“We remained hopeful and strongly believed that the outcome would be different,” said daughter Yarden Pivko.

Not much is known about October 7thth He had not been able to contact any of his family members on the morning of the massacre.

The bodies of the three victims are currently being transferred to forensic experts for examination. Their entire families have been notified. All that is currently known about Gelernter is that he was at a party with some friends, and two hours before the attack, all of his friends also died.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement on Twitter on Friday.

“We are heartbroken by this great loss. My wife Sarah and I are grieving with the family. Our hearts are with them at this time of grief,” Bibi said.

“We will return all hostages, dead and living alike. I congratulate the brave troops who took decisive action to bring our sons and daughters home,” he added.

On October 7, more than 1,200 people were killed and 240 were taken hostage.th. More than 100 people were released under release agreements in November.

At least 129 hostages are believed to be still being held in Gaza. Five of the hostages are American.

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