Israel’s hostage rescue plan saves four

by ian

The IDF pulled a dangerous hostage rescue operation over the weekend resulting in the recovery of four Israelis held since the October terror attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the operation’s success on Saturday.

The hostages rescued were kidnapped from the Nova music festival on October 7, when Hamas raided the Israeli homeland. IDF Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari gave the names of all four who were rescued and further explained the operation.

The operation took place in a residential neighborhood within al-Nuseirat, a city found in central Gaza, and with cooperation between officers of the National Police special anti-terror unit of Yamam and the Shin Bet security agency.

Reports suggest that the officers had to simultaneously raid two Hamas-controlled buildings to pull off the daring operation. Noa Argamani was found at one of the sites, while the other three were saved from the second location. An air assault was also recorded in the same area during the rescue operation.

Upon entry into the building, Israeli forces were met with gunfire from Hamas guards. When they left the building with the hostages in tow, they were also met with outgoing gunfire – and even RPG fire. More forces were called in to help everyone get to safety.

There were some casualties recorded during the assault – on both sides. Yamam Chief Inspector Arnon Zmora was critically injured during the operation. He later died from his injuries.

Reports also show that just under 100 Palestinians were killed in the raid – but it is unknown how many of them were terrorists. Hamas tried to claim that some hostages were killed during the rescue – a claim that an Israeli spokesperson said was “a blatant lie.”

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN that the United States was looking into the situation to get a more accurate count on how many might have died.