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Israeli forces recovered the bodies of three hostages from the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Friday. According to Israel, Hamas is still holding about 100 hostages alive and the bodies of about 30 kidnapped people in the Gaza Strip.

Army Israel found three bodies of Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip, army spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Friday.

Among the dead was 22-year-old Szani Louk, who had Israeli and German citizenship. The other two people were 28-year-old Amit Buskila and 56-year-old Icchak Gelerenter.

The Israel Defense Forces said the bodies were found during an overnight operation. As it was added, the IDF acted based on information collected during “terrorist interrogations”.

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Israeli army at the border with the Gaza Strip PAP/EPA/ABIR SULTAN

The three of them attended the Supernova music festival near Kibbutz Re'im on October 7 last year, from where they fled to the Mefalsim area after the Hamas attack on Israel. There, according to Hagari, they were killed by Palestinian terrorists and their bodies were taken to the Gaza Strip.

Over 360 people died during the festival. The fate of approximately 125 hostages remains unknown, the rest were released or rescued. According to Israel, Hamas is still holding about 100 hostages alive and the bodies of about 30 kidnapped people in the Gaza Strip.

“We are heartbroken”

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said that the news that the bodies of three Israelis had been found was extremely painful. “We will recover all our hostages, both living and dead,” he said.

“We bow our heads in deep sadness, our hearts are broken,” said the group, which brings together relatives of hostages kidnapped by Hamas. The statement added that Louk, Buskila and Gelerenter were killed by “Hamas terrorists.” “Honoure to their memory” – added.

As the BBC reminds, under the agreement concluded in November, Hamas released 105 hostages in exchange for a week-long ceasefire and the release of approximately 240 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons.

Hamas has said that Israeli hostages in the group's hands will only be released as part of an “exchange agreement” that benefits the Palestinian people. The BBC points out that talks in Cairo aimed at achieving a ceasefire and releasing the hostages held by Hamas have stalled.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ABIR SULTAN



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