Remains of 3 More Israeli Hostages Found by IDF

( – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Friday, May 24th that the remains of three more hostages were found overnight during a military operation in Jabalia. The hostages have been identified as Hanan Yablonka (42), Orion Hernandez Radoux (30), and Michel Nisenbaum (59).

According to the IDF, it appears as though the hostages were murdered on October 7th when Hamas attacked Israel. All three bodies were found near the Mefalsim area which is presumed to be where they were murdered.

The Hostages Families Forum Headquarters released a statement following the recovery of the bodies reminding Israeli officials of their obligation to “immediately despatch negotiation terms” and demand a deal to bring all hostages home. “The living for rehabilitation and the murdered for burial.”

The recovered remains were in addition to three bodies discovered by the IDF the previous week. The Israeli military announced the discovery of the remains of German-Israeli Shani Louk (22), Amit Buskila (28), and Itzhak Gelerenter (56) on Friday, May 17th. The three appear to have been murdered while fleeing the Nova music festival on October 7th.

Shortly after the IDF announced the recovery of the three hostages on May 24th, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement on X saying he and his wife share in the sorrow and “embrace the grieving families.” He vowed again to do “everything in our power” to retrieve all hostages. He praised the IDF and security forces for acting with “great courage” to enter enemy territory to return the bodies of the deceased to their families.

The IDF believes that Hamas still holds around 125 hostages, 39 of whom are presumed to be dead.

Netanyahu has faced global criticism for his actions in this war. The leader has been pressured to resign for his lack of progress in eliminating Hamas and for his failure to bring hostages home.

Israel is a country divided. Many want to stop the fighting until the hostages are brought home, while others perceive the loss of hostages as a necessary and unfortunate price for eradicating Hamas.

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