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3 More Bodies Removed From Gaza        05/24 06:26

   

   TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The bodies of three more hostages killed on Oct 7. 
were recovered overnight from Gaza, Israel's army said Friday, as the top 
United Nations court prepares to rule on whether Israel must halt its military 
operations and withdraw from the enclave.

   The bodies of Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum, and Orion Hernandez Radoux 
were found and their families have been notified. The army said they were 
killed on the day of the attack at the Mefalsim intersection and their bodies 
were taken to Gaza.

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

   Hamas-led militants killed around 1,200 people, mainly civilians, and 
abducted around 250 others in the Oct. 7 attack. Around half of those hostages 
have since been freed, most in swaps for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel 
during a weeklong cease-fire in November.

   Israel says around 100 hostages are still captive in Gaza, along with the 
bodies of at least 39 more, while 17 bodies of hostages have been recovered.

   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to both eliminate Hamas 
and bring all the hostages back, but he's made little progress. He faces 
pressure to resign, and the U.S. has threatened to scale back its support over 
the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

   On Friday Netanyahu said the country had a duty to do everything to return 
those abducted, both those killed and those who are alive.

   In a post on X Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron gave condolences to 
the family of Hernndez-Radoux, a French-Mexican citizen, saying France remains 
committed to releasing the hostages.

   The country is also expecting a ruling Friday afternoon by the International 
Court of Justice to decide on an urgent plea by South Africa to order Israel to 
cease operations. Israel is unlikely to comply with any such order. Even so, a 
cease-fire order by judges of the International Court of Justice would heap 
more pressure on an increasingly isolated Israel.

   On the hostages, Israelis are divided into two main camps: those who want 
the government to put the war on hold and free the hostages, and others who 
think the hostages are an unfortunate price to pay for eradicating Hamas. 
On-and-off negotiations mediated by Qatar, the United States and Egypt have 
yielded little.

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

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

   The video shows several of the young soldiers bloody and wounded. In one 
scene, a militant tells one of the terrified women she is beautiful.

   The video sparked more protests across the country calling for the hostages' 
release.

   The army said on Friday the hostages were found during an operation in 
Jabaliya. Military spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said in a news conference 
that the army was able to retrieve the bodies based on "critical intelligence" 
uncovered last week by Israeli forces operating in Gaza.

   The 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. He 
was taken hostage when he went to rescue his 4-year-old granddaughter.

   Oryon Hernandez Radoux, 30, was taken from the Nova music festival, which he 
attended with his partner Shani Louk. Louk's body was one of those found by the 
army nearly a week ago.

   Yablonka, 42, a father of two, was also taken from the music festival. His 
family in December told the AP that he loved music. Yablonka's family had no 
news of him for nearly two months after he'd been taken, not knowing if he was 
alive or dead.

   Israel's offensive since the war began has killed more than 35,000 
Palestinians, according to Gaza's Health Ministry, and has caused a 
humanitarian crisis and a near-famine.

   While it has weakened Hamas' capabilities, after nearly eight months of war, 
militants are regrouping in some of the hardest-hit areas in northern Gaza and 
resuming rocket attacks into nearby Israeli communities. Israel says its troops 
are operating in Rafah in the south, in central Gaza and in Jabaliya in the 
north.

 
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