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Who are the four hostages rescued from captivity in Gaza by Israeli forces?


The four prisoners rescued by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip was kidnapped on Saturday from a desert rave near the border during Hamas’s massive crackdown attack on Israel on October 7. One of them had become an icon of the painful hostage crisis that is far from over.

Noa Argamani, 25, appeared in a series of videos that captured the painful journey of their plight.

In the first film, filmed by the attackers, she is forced onto a motorcycle by several men after being captured along with her boyfriend Avinatan Or, whose whereabouts are still unknown. “Don’t kill me!” she shouted, one arm outstretched, the other clutched.

In another video posted by Hamas in mid-January, she appeared emaciated and spoke – almost certainly under duress – about other hostages killed in airstrikes months after Israel’s massive offensive.

And then there was a third videoin which she appeared in the background of family photos as her mother, a Chinese immigrant to Israel who has stage four brain cancer, begged her captors to release her only child so she could see her before she died.

‘I want to see her again. Talk to her again,” said Liora Argamani, 61. “I don’t have much time left in this world.”

Saturday, after eight months of captivity, Israeli forces rescued Argamani and three men all of whom were kidnapped from the Tribe of Nova music festival, where Hamas and other militants killed more than 350 people the worst massacre in Israel’s history.

The rescue operation took place amid a major Israeli air and ground offensive in central Gaza, killing and wounding hundreds of Palestinians, including at least 94 on Saturday.

Less is publicly known about the other three hostages rescued on Saturday.

Almog Meir Jan, a 21-year-old from a small town near Tel Aviv, had ended his military service three months earlier, according to the Times of Israel, an English-language Israeli website.

Andrey Kozlov, 27, worked as a security guard at the festival. He had immigrated to Israel alone a year and a half earlier, and his mother came to the country after October 7, Israeli media reported.

Shlomi Ziv, 40, from a farming community in northern Israel, worked as an usher and had gone to the party with two friends who were both killed, the Times of Israel reported. Israel Hayom newspaper said he and his wife, who were already 17 years old, were trying to have children.

Argamani started dating Or about two years ago after they met while studying at Ben-Gurion University in her hometown of Beersheba and planned to live together in Tel Aviv, his mother said. Israeli news website Ynet. She said her son studied electrical engineering and was hired by the international technology giant Nvidia.

Yonatan Levi, a friend of Argamani, described her as a smart, free spirit who loved parties and traveling and studied computer science. He said he met her during a diving course in the Israeli Red Sea city of Eilat, and that she asked him for help navigating insurance claims for her mother’s care a few months before her kidnapping.

Hamas and other militants killed about 1,200 people and captured about 250 others, including men, women, children and older adults, in the Oct. 7 attack. More than 100, mostly women and children, were released in exchange for Palestinians jailed by Israel during a weeklong ceasefire last year.

More than 36,700 Palestinians have been killed since the war began. according to local health officialswho make no distinction between combatants and civilians.

Israeli authorities believe the militants are still holding about 120 hostages, with 43 dead. Survivors include about 15 women, two children under 5 and two men in their 80s.


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