Israel says 4 hostages rescued in Gaza, including Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv

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Four Israeli hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza were rescued alive during a raid on the Nuseirat camp in the center of the strip, the Israel Defense Forces, the security service Shin Bet, and the Israeli police announced in a joint statement Saturday.

25-year-old Noa Argamani, a 21-year-old Almog Meir Jan, 27-year-old Andrey Kozlov and 40-year-old Shlomi Ziv were all kidnapped at the Nova music festival on October 7. They were recovered after the IDF announced it was striking “terrorist infrastructure” in central Gaza.

The joint statement said that the hostages were rescued from two different locations during the operation, and that “their medical condition is normal.”

They have been sent to the Tel Hashomer Sheba Medical Center for further medical examination, the joint statement said.

“I followed the complex operation from the command and control center – IDF, ISA and Special Forces operated with extraordinary courage under heavy fire, and succeeded in completing their mission.” Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant said after the announcement. “Israel’s defense establishment will continue fighting until 120 hostages return home.”

“The heroic operation by the IDF that freed and brought home Noa Argamani, Shlomi Ziv, Andrey Kozlov, and Almog Meir Jan is a miraculous triumph,” the Hostages Families Forum said in a statement. “Now, with the joy that is washing over Israel, the Israeli government must remember its commitment to bring back all 120 hostages still held by Hamas – the living for rehabilitation, the murdered for burial.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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