Israeli army finds bodies of 3 captives in Gaza

AP , Saturday 18 May 2024

The Israeli military said Friday its troops in Gaza found the bodies of three Israeli captives killed during the events on October 7, including German-Israeli woman Shani Louk.

Demonstrators gather during a rally by the families of Israeli captives held in Gaza, calling for the captives release outside the defence ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv on May 16, 2024. AFP


In addition to 22-year-old Louk, the military identified the other two bodies as those of a 28-year-old woman, Amit Buskila, and a 56-year-old man, Itzhak Gelerenter.

All three were killed while fleeing the Nova music festival, military spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said at a news conference.

The military said the bodies were found overnight, without elaborating, and did not give immediate details on where they were located.

Israel says around 100 captives are still being held in Gaza, along with the bodies of around 30 more.

Israel's war on Gaza has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, according to Gaza health officials.

The bloodiest Gaza war erupted on October 7 after Hamas launched a surprise offensive into southern Israel.

The ensuing chaos and a frantic Israeli defence response led to 1,170 deaths, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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