Against All Odds: IDF Rescues Four LIVING Hostages From Gaza, Get The Details!

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In a daring daytime operation, the Israeli military has successfully rescued four Israeli hostages from the clutches of Hamas in the central Gaza strip, as reported by The Independent.

The hostages, who were abducted during the Nova music festival, have been identified as Noa Argamani, 25, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andri Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40.

According to the Israeli military, the hostages are in good health and have been transferred to the Sheba Tel-HaShomer Medical Centre for further medical examinations. However, the situation in Gaza remains volatile, with the health ministry reporting nearly 100 Palestinian casualties amid the ongoing conflict.

The Israeli government estimates that over 130 of the more than 200 hostages taken by Hamas during the October 7 attacks are still in captivity. The nation is grappling with internal divisions over the best strategy to secure their release. The rescue operation comes at a time when international pressure is mounting on Israel to minimize civilian casualties in its ongoing war in Gaza, which entered its eighth month last Friday.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to return to the Middle East next week in an attempt to rekindle the stalled ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas. The Israeli offensive has reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least 36,000 Palestinians, a figure provided by Gaza's health ministry, which does not differentiate between fighters and civilians.

Saturday's operation marks the largest recovery of living hostages since the onset of the war, bringing the total number of rescued captives to seven. Earlier in February, two men were rescued from a heavily guarded apartment, and a woman was saved in the aftermath of October's attack. The Israeli troops have so far recovered at least 16 bodies of hostages from Gaza, as per the government's reports.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under increasing pressure to halt the fighting in Gaza. Many Israelis are advocating for the acceptance of a deal proposed by US President Joe Biden last month. However, Netanyahu's far-right allies threaten to destabilize his government if he concedes.

Among the rescued hostages, Noa Argamani has been one of the most recognized faces since her abduction from the Nova music festival. A video of her abduction, showing her terrified face as she was held between two men on a motorcycle, was widely circulated. Her mother, Liora, who is battling stage four brain cancer, had released a video in April pleading to see her daughter before her time runs out.

As the conflict in Gaza persists, the Gazan health ministry reported that the bodies of 94 Palestinians, including children, had been taken to the Al-Aqsa Hospital. Reporters from The Associated Press witnessed bodies being brought in from the Nuseirat and Deir al-Balah areas, with reports of about 100 wounded. A family member at the hospital was quoted saying, "My two cousins were killed, and two other cousins were seriously injured. They did not commit any sin. They were sitting at home."