May 24, 2024 | Flash Brief

Israel Recovers Bodies of Three More Hostages

May 24, 2024 | Flash Brief

Israel Recovers Bodies of Three More Hostages

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Israeli troops and intelligence forces on May 24 repatriated the bodies of three hostages who were killed during Hamas’s October 7 massacre in Israel and abducted into Gaza. The victims were identified as Hanan Yablonka, 42, Michel Nisenbaum, 59, and Orion Hernandez Radoux, 30. Israel has recovered 17 hostage bodies from Gaza so far.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Yablonka and Hernandez Radoux attended the Nova music festival, where the Hamas terrorists carried out the massacre. Hernandez Radoux was a Mexican-French national and the boyfriend of 22-year-old Shani Louk, a female hostage murdered on October 7 whose body was discovered by the IDF in Gaza on May 17. Nisenbaum, a dual Israeli-Brazilian citizen, was killed while picking up his 4-year-old granddaughter.

“There are men, women, children, and babies being held by Hamas in living hell across our border in Gaza,” IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said in a video announcement. “We will not stop fighting for their freedom. Every decent country in the world would do the same.”

Hamas claimed on May 23 that it was still holding 41-year-old Israeli Col. Asaf Hamami, commander of the IDF’s Gaza Division’s Southern Brigade, claiming that he had been wounded when captured. The Iran-backed terror group did not provide evidence of whether Hamami is still alive. In December, Israel declared Hamami dead, assessing that he died during fighting with the Hamas terrorists who overran Kibbutz Nirim.

Expert Analysis

“Israeli troops recovering the bodies of Israelis and foreign nationals killed by Hamas terrorists during its savage October 7 massacre highlights Israel’s need to continue its operations throughout Gaza no matter which rulings come out of biased international courts whose officials carry water for Hamas. Israel must tune out the nonsense and focus on freeing its remaining hostages.” Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO

“Amid intense international scrutiny, Israel is steadily making progress in its mission to dismantle Hamas’s military infrastructure and locate hostages taken captive by terrorists on October 7. As Israel’s military campaign advances into Rafah, further achievements are anticipated, including the potential for securing more hostages and identifying the whereabouts of Hamas’s top leadership.” — Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

The IDF’s Ongoing Operations in Jabaliya

The IDF said the bodies were recovered during an overnight operation in the northern Gazan city of Jabalya conducted by the Shin Bet and the IDF’s 98th Division in coordination with the Yahalom Unit, the IDF’s special combat engineer’s unit. The operation began with intense combat in the area. Earlier this month, Israeli forces had re-entered Jabalya to root out regrouped Hamas cells, destroying terrorist tunnel shafts and infrastructure in the area and recovering the bodies of seven hostages.

On May 24, the IDF said that IDF troops operating under the 460th Brigade Combat Team, which includes the elite LOTAR Counterterrorist Special Forces Unit, uncovered “a structure containing large quantities of weapons, including rocket launchers and long- and short-range missiles.” The IDF added that its troops are also operating across central Gaza and the southern Gazan city of Rafah.

125 Hostages Remain in Gaza

Israel believes that approximately 125 hostages, both living and dead, remain in Gaza out of a total of 252 kidnapped by Hamas and four hostages that Hamas was holding previously. Israel has officially declared 39 of the hostages to be dead, including in the total bodies Hamas seized during previous conflicts, and believes that more of the remaining hostages are likely dead.

Harrowing Footage Released of Female IDF Soldiers in Hamas Captivity,” FDD Flash Brief

Israel Recovers Another Hostage’s Body from Gaza,” FDD Flash Brief

Israel Recovers Bodies of Three Kidnapped Hostages,” FDD Flash Brief

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