Bodies of three hostages taken from southern Israel found in Gaza, IDF says


The bodies of three more hostages killed on 7 October have been found in Gaza, Israel’s army has said.

The Hostages Families Forum named them as Michel Nisenbaum, Hanan Yablonka, and Oryon Hernandez Radoux – and said their bodies had been returned to Israel for burial.

“The sorrowful return of Michel, Hanan, and Oryon is another heartbreak for the 125 families of the hostages, who share the pain, sorrow, and endless worry,” it said in a statement.

“Their return for burial provides important closure for the family members, and efforts must be made to bring all the murdered hostages back to Israel.”

The bodies were identified by medical officials at the Israeli National Forensic Institute and the Israeli police, the military said.

Michel Nisenbaum, 59, was a Brazilian-Israeli citizen from Sderot who was taken by Hamas as he sought to rescue his four-year-old granddaughter, according to the hostages group.

He had two daughters and six grandchildren, the youngest of whom he never had a chance to meet.

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Hanan Yablonka (42) from Tel Aviv, was a “devoted and loving father” of Yarin, 9, and Emily, 12. He was attending the NOVA festival when he was captured on 7 October, when Hamas launched a surprise attack on southern Israel which claimed the lives of 1,200 people.

It comes after the bodies of four others were discovered last week.

They included Ron Benjamin, 53, Itzhak Gelerenter, 56, Amit Buskila, 28, and Shani Louk, 22.

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