Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

Released for publication: IDF extracts another three bodies of hostages from Gaza

The bodies of three of those taken hostage to Gaza were taken back to Israel last night: Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum, and Orion Hernandez.

Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum, and Orion Hernandez, ob"m. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari revealed a short time ago (Friday) that IDF soldiers extracted three bodies of hostages from Jebaliya over the last 24 hours.

The bodies belong to Hanan Yablonka, who was kidnapped from the Re'im rave, Orion Hernandez, a French-Mexican citizen and the parter of Shani Louk, and Michel Nisenbaum, who went to the Gaza Division HQ to get his granddaughter out and was taken hostage.

According to intelligence information, the hostages were murdered during October 7 and were then taken hostage to Gaza by Hamas terrorists.

The bodies of the hostages were extracted in a nighttime operation of the IDF and ISA under the 98th Division in cooperation with the Yahalom combat engineering unit, the Unit 504 investigative unit, and soldiers of the special unit in IDF Intelligence and the ISA in the neighborhood of Jebaliya. They relied on precise intelligence information which was received and analyzed in the past few days at the Captives and Missing HQ at the Intelligence Directorate at Southern Command, in cooperation with the ISA. At the beginning of the operation, there was intensive fighting in the area.

Following the identification process by medical staff at the Abu Kabir Forensic Insititute and the Israeli Police, IDF representatives informed their families today of the fate of their loved ones.

The IDF said that "The IDF Spokesperson calls on the public to avoid spreading rumors and unconfirmed reports, and to heed official statements. The IDF and the ISA continue, including in this time, to make use of all the operational and intelligence efforts in order to realize the supreme national mission of returning all the hostages."

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