Israel Recovers the Bodies of 3 Hostages in Gaza

The Israeli military said on Friday that it had retrieved the bodies of two soldiers and a civilian who were kidnapped during the Hamas-led attacks on Oct. 7 and held captive in Gaza.

The hostages were identified as Cpl. Nik Beiser, 19; Sgt. Ron Sherman, 19; and Elia Toledano, 28. Medical officials, military rabbis and forensic experts carried out the identification procedure, according to the military.

The two soldiers were taken hostage while serving in the Gaza Police Headquarters, the military said.

“We share in the family’s grief,” the military said in a statement, adding that its mission was “to locate the missing and return all the abductees home.”

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