June 8, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Liberates Four Hostages Abducted By Hamas On October 7

June 8, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Liberates Four Hostages Abducted By Hamas On October 7

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In a daring operation on June 8, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops rescued four hostages seized by Hamas terrorists during their October 7 assault on southern Israel. The four hostages — Noa Argamani, 25, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40 — had been abducted from the Nova dance music festival, where the terrorists slaughtered more than 360 people amid atrocities that also included mass rape and mutilation. Over 1,200 people were murdered during the Hamas onslaught.

A statement from the IDF disclosed that the operation involved officers from the elite Yamam counter-terrorism unit of the Israeli police and agents of the Shin Bet intelligence agency, supported by hundreds of IDF troops. One Yamam officer, Chief Inspector Arnon Zamora, was critically wounded during the operation and died shortly after arriving at a hospital in Israel for emergency treatment.

IDF spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said that the raids took place under active fire from Hamas terrorists in Al Nuseirat in central Gaza, with Argamani rescued from one building and Jan, Kozlov, and Ziv rescued from another nearby. Hagari called the daytime operation a “high-risk, complex mission” based on “precise” intelligence.

Expert Analysis

“It is difficult to imagine the relief that the four liberated hostages and their families must be feeling, now that their nightmare has finally ended. The IDF staged a complex operation that required extensive intelligence, enormous skill, and sheer bravery. What’s also noteworthy is the assistance provided to Hamas by those Palestinian civilians who incarcerated hostages in private homes. Palestinian civilians also played a major role in killing, torturing, and raping Israelis during the October 7 attacks.” — Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO

“The Biden administration has been telling Israel for months that the only way to bring the hostages home is to end the war in Gaza and allow Hamas to walk away from this war intact. Today’s daring rescue mission demonstrated to Washington — and more importantly to the Hamas terrorists — that the IDF still has the ability bring its people home and that Israel will not rest until all the hostages are returned.” — Enia Krivine, Senior Director of FDD’s Israel Program and National Security Network

Hostages Rescued in Three Separate IDF Missions

The June 8 operation marks Israel’s third successful hostage rescue mission since October 7, when Hamas and allied terrorists abducted about 250 people — both Israelis and foreign nationals. Ori Megidish, an 18-year-old private in the IDF who was reportedly held captive in isolation, was rescued on October 30, while Fernando Marman, 61, and Louis Har, 70, were liberated in IDF raids on February 12. Another hostage, 25-year-old Sahar Baruch, was killed during an IDF attempt to rescue him in November.

About 100 hostages have been released, mostly as part of a temporary ceasefire deal last November. An estimated 120 hostages remain in Gaza. On June 4, the IDF made public its assessment that more than one third of the remaining hostages had died in Hamas captivity.

Following the June 8 operation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We will not let up until we complete the mission and return home all the hostages — both those alive and dead.”

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

Hamas Airs Videos Of Hostages, Claims Two Are Dead,” FDD Flash Brief

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