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Israeli forces found the bodies of three hostages, including Shani Lok, in Gaza, officials said

Israeli forces found the bodies of three hostages, including Shani Lok, in Gaza, officials said

The bodies of the three hostages kidnapped in the October 7 attack carried out by Hamas in Israel have been recovered in the southern city of Rafah. GazaAn Israeli army spokesman said on Friday.

The Israeli Defense Forces recovered the bodies Shani Lok, a 22-year-old German-Israeli; Amit Buskila (28 years old); Itzhak Gelernter (56 years old) said Admiral Daniel Hagari. Israel says it believes the three were killed by Hamas while fleeing the Nova music festival on October 7 and their bodies were transported to Gaza.

This set of photos provided by the Hostage Families Forum headquarters shows, from left, Itzik Gelernter, Shani Lok and Amit Buskila. The Israeli military said on Friday, May 17, 2024, that its forces in Gaza found the bodies of three Israeli hostages killed by Hamas during its attack on October 7, 2023, including German-Israeli Shani Luke. (Hostages Families Forum via AP)

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A photo of Luke’s twisted body in the back of a pickup truck was seen around the world, and highlighted the scale of the attack on the music festival in the southern Israeli desert, near the border with the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the death as “tragic,” saying: “We will return all our hostages, both living and dead.”

The army did not provide immediate details about where their bodies were found, but said it was the result of intelligence information collected. It was Israel Working in RafahShe said she had intelligence information about hostage taking.

“The return of their bodies is a painful and stark reminder that we must quickly return all our brothers and sisters from their cruel captivity – the living to rehabilitation, and the dead to a decent burial,” the Hostage Families Forum headquarters said in a statement. statement.

Hamas-led militants killed about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and kidnapped about 250 others in the October 7 attack. About half of those have since been released, most of them as part of exchanges of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel during a week-long ceasefire in November.

Israel says that about 100 hostages are still being held in Gaza, along with the bodies of about 30 others. The Israeli campaign on Gaza since the attack has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, according to health officials in Gaza.

All crossings out of Gaza have now been closed, leaving at least 20 American medics trapped inside.

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Fattah, from California, said: “It was very difficult, leaving my wife, my child and the family around me. It was something I had to do.” CBS News this week. “I felt that the efforts made in my country were not achieving any results, but were falling on deaf ears.”

Meanwhile, trucks carrying much-needed aid to the Gaza Strip passed through the area Newly built Interim American Floating dock inside the The besieged enclave debuted on Friday. This shipment is the first in an operation that US military officials expect will reach 150 truckloads per day entering the Gaza Strip. The US Army Central Command acknowledged the aid movement in a statement, saying that the first aid crossed into Gaza at nine in the morning. She said that no American soldiers came to the beach during the operation.

President Joe Biden has become increasingly critical of the way Netanyahu has carried out the war in Gaza, going so far as to do so Stopping shipments of some weapons To Israel due to concerns about the Israeli army’s plans in Rafah.

United State The State Department report said Last week, it was “reasonable to assess” that Israel had used US weapons in ways inconsistent with human rights standards, but the US was unable to reach “conclusive conclusions”.

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