The IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced on Friday that the body of 27-year-old Ofir Sarfati was recently located by combined IDF and ISA forces in the Gaza Strip, and was brought to Israel for burial.
“Following the identification of Ofir Sarfati on Wednesday by medical officials, military rabbis, the Institute of Forensic Medicine, and the Israel Police, IDF and police representatives informed the family of Sarfati of his death. Ofir was kidnapped on October 7th, from the area of the party in Re'im,” the IDF and Shin Bet said in a joint statement.
“We express our deep condolences. Our mission is to locate and return the hostages home. The IDF and the ISA are working in full coordination with the relevant national and security bodies and will continue until the task is complete.”
For three weeks after the Hamas attack on October 7, the Sarfati family did not know what had become of Ofir. They were then informed by IDF representatives that he had been taken hostage to Gaza, by Hamas terrorists.
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