The corpse of Yehudit Weiss65, who had been taken prisoner by Hamas on October 7, was recovered today by the Israel Defense Forces near the Al Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip.
The body was taken to Israel for disposal. IDfollowed by the notification to the Weiss family of his death by the military and police.
Members of the 603rd Battalion of the 7th Armored Brigade found the body, along with Hamas military equipment, including assault rifles and rocket launchers, according to The Times of Israel.
“Yehudit (Weiss) was murdered by terrorists in the Gaza Strip and we were unable to locate her in time,” the army spokesman said. Daniel Hagari in a televised briefing.
Yehudit, mother of five children, she was kidnapped from Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7. Her husband, Shmulik Weiss, was found dead in the safe room.
The retired Yehudit, who I worked with children in the kindergarten and in the kibbutz dining roomwas receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer at the time of her abduction.
In a statement, the IDF expressed its sincere condolences to the family and stated that the national mission is to locate the missing and bring the hostages back to their homes: “The IDF is carrying out these tasks in collaboration with the relevant national and security institutions, in full coordination, and will not cease in the mission until its complete completion.”
Israeli soldiers stormed Gaza’s largest hospital on Wednesday searching for traces of Hamas inside and below the complex.
The Israeli army released a video showing soldiers carrying boxes labeled “baby food” and “medical supplies.”
After keeping Al Shifa hospital surrounded for several days, Israel was facing pressure to prove its accusations that Hamas had turned the hospital into a command center and used patients, staff and civilians sheltering in place to cover up his militiamen. The accusation is part of a broader accusation by the Israeli government that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields. Israel released a video Wednesday night showing weapons it says it found in a building, but so far its search has revealed no signs of tunnels or any sophisticated command center.
As Israel gains a foothold in northern Gaza, its officials have talked of expanding the ground operation southward to root out Hamas. Most of Gaza’s 2.3 million inhabitants have moved to the south of the territory, where an increasingly serious fuel shortage threatens to paralyze the delivery of humanitarian services and suspend mobile phone and internet service.
The war between Israel and Hamas broke out after the terrorist group He murdered around 1,200 people and took around 240 hostages. during an attack on October 7, which shattered Israelis’ sense of security.
(With information from AP)