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Four hostages rescued by IDF special forces from Gaza, including Noa Argamani, whose motorcycle kidnapping went viral


  • Israeli special forces rescued four hostages from Gaza on June 8.

  • Noa Argamani, whose abduction by motorcycle was captured on video, is among the rescued hostages.

  • It is believed that Argamani’s friend is still in captivity.

Four hostages were rescued from Gaza during an Israeli operation on Saturday morning, according to an Israeli newspaper joint statement by the IDF, ISA and Israel Police.

During the operation in Nuseirat, Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv were rescued.

The four hostages were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7 during the Re’im ‘Nova’ music festival. They were among forty people taken hostage during the festival.

Hamas gunmen killed 364 people at the Nova festival.

The kidnapping of Noa Argamani went viral when she was taken hostage by motorcycle eight months ago.

Images of her arrest circulated on social media in the days after October 7. The video shows her begging her captors for her life. “Don’t kill me!” she says as she reaches for her friend Avinatan Or.

Or is believed to still be in captivity, his mother said in a Ynet interview in April.

Argamani, whose mother is Chinese, turned 26 during her first week in captivity.

Two days ago, an Israeli attack on the Nuseirat camp in Gaza, from which the hostages were rescued, killed 40 people, according to sources. Al Jazeera.

IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari called the operation “bold.” according to The Times of Israel.

Rescuers included Yamam’s elite counter-terrorism unit, and one officer was seriously injured during the operation, the Israeli news channel said.

Business Insider has contacted the IDF for comment.

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