Israel recovers the bodies of three Hamas hostages in Gaza – including Shani Lok's accomplice


The bodies of three more hostages killed on Oct. 7 were recovered from Gaza overnight, Israel's military said Friday, as the United Nations' top court prepares to rule on whether Israel can continue its military operations. Must stop and evacuate the enclave.

The bodies of Hanan Yablonka, Michelle Niesenbaum and Oren Hernandez Radox have been found and their families have been notified.

The army said they were killed at the Mefalsim intersection on the day of the attack and their bodies were taken to Gaza.

A woman stands with an Israeli flag with a heart on it as protesters demand the immediate release of hostages held by Hamas terrorists in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 22, 2024. Reuters

The announcement comes less than a week after the army said it had found the bodies of three other Israeli hostages killed on October 7.

Hamas-led terrorists killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped about 250 others in the October 7 attack.

About half of those hostages have since been released, most in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel during a week-long ceasefire in November.

Israel says about 100 hostages are still being held in Gaza and about 30 bodies are still there.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to eliminate Hamas and return all hostages, but has made little progress.

He is under pressure to resign, and the US has threatened to cut aid to the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Hanan Yablonka, 42, was one of the hostages rescued by Israel in the overnight operation. A.P
Orion Hernandez Radoux, 30, was killed in a Hamas attack in Israel on October 7. He is seen here with girlfriend Shani Lok. Instagram / @shanukkk
Michelle Niesenbaum, 59, and two other hostages were rescued overnight in Gaza. A.P

On Friday, Netanyahu said the country had a duty to do everything to return the abductees, those who died and those who were alive.

The country is also expecting a ruling by the International Court of Justice on Friday afternoon on South Africa's urgent request to order Israel to cease operations.

Israel is unlikely to comply with such an order.

Nevertheless, a cease-fire order by the judges of the International Court of Justice will put further pressure on an increasingly isolated Israel.

On the hostages, Israelis are divided into two main camps: those who want the government to stop the war and release the hostages, and those who think it would be unfortunate to pay the hostages to end Hamas. There is a price.

Negotiations mediated by Qatar, the US and Egypt have yielded little.

Anger is growing at home over the government's handling of the hostage crisis.

An Israeli army tank returns to a forward area inside the southern Israeli border near Gaza on May 22, 2024. Jim Hollander/UPI/Shutterstock

Earlier this week, a group representing the families of the hostages released new video footage showing the capture of five female Israeli soldiers by Hamas near the Gaza border on October 7.

The video shows several young soldiers covered in blood and injured. In one scene, a terrorist tells one of the frightened women that she is beautiful.

The video sparked further protests across the country demanding the release of the hostages.

The hostages were found during an operation in Jabalia, the army said on Friday.

Military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told a news conference that the military was able to recover the bodies based on “significant intelligence” uncovered last week by Israeli forces operating in Gaza.

A group representing the families of the hostages said the bodies had been returned to their families for burial.

Nisenbaum, 59, was a Brazilian-Israeli from the southern city of Sderot. When he went to rescue his 4-year-old granddaughter, he was taken hostage.

Orion Hernandez Rodoux, 30, was a French-Mexican national who was taken from the Nova Music Festival, which he attended with his partner Shani Lok.

Lok's body was found by the army about a week ago.

Orion Hernandez-Radoux's partner, Shani Lok, was also taken hostage by Hamas and later killed. Instagram / @shanukkk

Yablonka, 42, a father of two, was also taken from the music festival.

In December, his family told the AP that he loved music.

Yablonka's family did not hear from him for nearly two months after he was taken away, not knowing whether he was alive or dead.

Israel's offensive since the start of the war has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza's health ministry, and has led to a humanitarian crisis and near-famine.

Shani Lok was shown lying in the back of a truck with Hamas terrorists during the October 7 attack. A.P

Although this has weakened Hamas' capabilities, after nearly eight months of war, the terrorists are regrouping in the hardest-hit areas of northern Gaza and resuming rocket attacks on nearby Israeli communities.

Israel says its forces are operating in Rafah in the south, central Gaza and Jabalia in the north.

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