Israel Examines Hundreds of Bodies From Gaza in Search for Hostage Remains

By Yoni Weiss

Scenes of houses destroyed when Hamas terrorists infiltrated Kibbutz Be’eri, on Oct. 7, 2023, as seen on Oct. 25. (Edi Israel/Flash90)

Since the commencement of the war, more than 350 bodies from Gaza have been transported to Israel for examination to ascertain whether they were the remains of Israeli hostages, as reported by Kan News on Friday.

These bodies were taken to Israel’s National Center of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir, following an earlier announcement by the IDF stating their intention to retrieve bodies from Gaza in the pursuit of locating hostages.

The IDF, engaged in precise hostage rescue operations, exhumed bodies from a southern Gaza cemetery in early January, as captured in footage from the region. According to an IDF statement to NBC News, the operations are conducted based on information pinpointing specific locations where hostages’ bodies might be found. The hostage identification process occurs at a secure and alternative location, emphasizing optimal professional conditions and respect for the deceased. Bodies determined not to belong to hostages are subsequently returned to Gaza with dignity and respect, as outlined by the IDF.

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