Israel recovers another hostage’s body from Gaza

December 15, 2023 by Pesach Benson
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Israeli soldiers have recovered the body of hostage Elia Toledano, the Israel Defense Forces announced on Friday morning.

Israeli hostage Elia Toledano. Courtesy

The body of the 28-year-old Toledano was positively identified by medical officials and military rabbis together with the Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Israel Police.

The IDF did not indicate how or when Toledano died.

Toledano was taken captive at the Supernova music festival on Kibbutz Reim. More than 360 people were massacred at the rave and another 40 taken hostage.

“Our national mission is to locate the missing and return all the hostages home. We are working together with security agencies, and with all intelligence and operational means in order to return all of the hostages home,” the IDF said.

At least 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on Oct. 7. The number of men, women, children, soldiers and foreigners held captive in Gaza by Hamas is now believed to be 134. Other people remain unaccounted for as Israeli authorities continue to identify bodies and search for human remains.

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