Israel rescues four hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

In a significant military operation, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), in collaboration with Shin Bet and the Israeli police counter-terrorism unit, successfully rescued four Israeli hostages who had been held by Hamas. The rescued hostages are Noa Argamani, Almog Meir, Andrei Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv, all of whom were abducted by Hamas from the Nova music festival on October 7.

The IDF reported that the hostages were rescued from two separate locations within the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip. Thankfully, all four hostages were found to be in sound medical condition.

Tragically, a police officer from the special counter-terrorism unit was wounded during the operation and later succumbed to his injuries.

Despite this successful rescue, there are still 120 hostages being held in Gaza, with at least 42 confirmed dead.

IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari provided further details, stating that the hostages were held in civilian homes of families affiliated with Hamas, which were guarded by Hamas militants. The two houses where the hostages were kept were located just 200 meters apart, with Argamani being held in one apartment and the three male hostages in another. Hagari revealed that Hamas had paid these families to hold the hostages.


Subscribe to EJC newsletter

Get EJC's bi-weekly newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Events & Meetings

EJC Director of European Affairs addresses FRA event on the release of its third survey on antisemitism

EJC Director of European Affairs spoke about how the concerning findings of the 2023 survey relate to the experiences of Jewish communities in Europe, amid the dramatic rise of antisemitism both online and offline, even before the Hamas massacre of 7 October.