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Joint IDF, ISA and Israel Police Statement

Joint IDF, ISA and Israel Police Statement:

This morning (Saturday, 8 June) in a joint IDF, ISA and Israel Police (Yamam) complex special daytime operation in Nuseirat, four Israeli hostages were rescued. Noa Argamani (25), Almog Meir Jan (21), Andrey Kozlov (27), and Shlomi Ziv (40), were kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization from the ‘Nova’ music festival on October 7th.

The hostages were rescued by the IDF, ISA and ‘Yamam’ forces from two separate locations in the heart of Nuseirat.

They are in good medical condition and have been transferred to the ‘Sheba’ Tel-HaShomer Medical Center for further medical examinations.

The security forces will continue to make every effort to bring the hostages home.

Below: short biographies of the freed hostages.

Noa Argamani, a 26-year-old from Be’er Sheva, was kidnapped from the NOVA festival along with her boyfriend, Avinatan Or. Avinatan remains in Hamas captivity. Noa is a yoga and art enthusiast who enjoys hiking. She was studying Information Systems Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 

Almog Meir Jan, a 22-year-old from Or Yehuda, was kidnapped from the NOVA festival. He was supposed to start a job at a large high-tech company the next day. Almog is a beloved son who connects with everyone through his wide, warm smile. He is always polite and helpful to all, cherished wherever he goes.

Shlomi Ziv, a 41-year-old from Moshav Elkosh, was kidnapped from the NOVA festival, where he worked as a security guard. Shlomi and his wife, Miren, have been living in the moshav for about 17 years. A family-oriented man, Shlomi is always the first to help and take action with a big heart, embodying the perfect description of a ‘big brother’.

Andrey Kozlov, a 27-year-old resident of Rishon LeZion, was kidnapped from the NOVA festival, where he was working as a security guard. Andrey is a recent immigrant to Israel, having made aliyah by himself, without his family, about a year and a half ago.