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News and updates about Operation Arnon

Rescued Hostage:

'I missed the holidays, what kept me going was faith'

In a meeting with Rabbi Yoav Oknin, the hospital rabbi at Sheba Medical Center, rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan spoke about missing the holidays and his time in Hamas custody.

'I missed the holidays, what kept me going was faith'

Hostage turns 20:

Family implores: 'Bring our daughter home'

The family of hostage Naama Levy addressed their daughter this evening on the occasion of her 20th birthday, which she is spending in Hamas custody.

Family implores: 'Bring our daughter home'

'We will be a united nation'

Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan speaks out

Almog Meir Jan, who was rescued in Operation Arnon, spoke publicly for the first time and thanked the security forces and the people of Israel.

Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan speaks out

'What a joy to see you'

Prime Minister Netanyahu meets hostage rescued in Op. Arnon

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on Thursday met with Shlomi Ziv, and members of his family – his wife Miran, his mother Rosetta, and his sisters Revital and Adi.

Prime Minister Netanyahu meets hostage rescued in Op. Arnon

Netanyahu to ISA operatives:

'Your daring operations made the State of Israel proud'

The Prime Minister was presented with the sequence of actions initiated by the ISA Operations Unit, including the operations to rescue the hostages: Ori Megidish, Louis Har, and Fernando Marman.

'Your daring operations made the State of Israel proud'

Operation Arnon:

Identity of terrorists who held rescued hostages disclosed

Neighbors were shocked to hear that Ahmad Aljamal, a 73-year-old family doctor, and his son, Abdallah, a 37-year-old Al Jazeera journalist, held four rescued hostages.

Identity of terrorists who held rescued hostages disclosed

Dramatic and moving footage from the rescue of Noa Argamani

In the footage, Argamani's rescuers are seen entering the apartment where she was being held, talking to her and calming her down. She is later rescued from the building as one of the officers carries her on his back.

Dramatic and moving footage from the rescue of Noa Argamani

Freed hostage Andrey Kozlov:

'I saw a lot of rallies and it gave me a lot of hope'

Six days after his rescue from captivity, Andrey Kozlov is urging the public to attend Saturday night's rally at Hostages Square.

'I saw a lot of rallies and it gave me a lot of hope'

Helmet cam footage:

Freed hostages evacuated under fire

Footage from the soldiers' helmet cameras from the moments when the hostages and the special forces were transferred to vehicles under fire in Nuseirat, during Operation Arnon.

Freed hostages evacuated under fire

Report:

Soldiers dressed as Arabs collected information about hostages

Operation Arnon began with a special intelligence actvity of a team of ‘Mista’arvim’ special forces sent to the area of the local market of Nuseirat dressed as local Arabs

Soldiers dressed as Arabs collected information about hostages

Parents of rescued hostage:

'There are things that he’ll never talk about'

The parents of Andrey Kozlov look back on the excitement of learning their son was rescued from Hamas captivity and the moving reunion and share the horrifying effects of Hamas' psychological torture: 'He thought the Israeli soldiers came to kill them.'

'There are things that he’ll never talk about'

Noa Argamani's first question upon her liberation

Commander of Yamam team that found Noa Argamani on Saturday reveals the first thing she asked when they rescued her.

Noa Argamani's first question upon her liberation

Netanyahu to Yamam forces:

'You raised the stature of our nation with the hostage rescue'

PM, Minister Ben-Gvir visit base following the rescue of four hostages on Saturday.

'You raised the stature of our nation with the hostage rescue'

After its writer held hostages

Senator Rubio calls on Biden to revoke Al Jazeera's credentials

US Senator Marco Rubio noted in a letter to the President that the Qatari-funded network 'actively promotes Islamic terrorism worldwide, including by backing Hamas and inciting violence.'

Senator Rubio calls on Biden to revoke Al Jazeera's credentials

6 months in a dark room:

New details of treatment of rescued hostages revealed

Wall Street Journal report details abuse endured by 3 of the hostages who were rescued on Saturday, including physical and psychological torture.

New details of treatment of rescued hostages revealed

Touching:

Noa Argamani meets mother of boyfriend still in captivity

Ditza Or, whose son Avinatan is held captive by Hamas in Gaza, met her son's girlfriend Noa Argamani, who was rescued in Operation Arnon after eight months of captivity.

Noa Argamani meets mother of boyfriend still in captivity

Mother of hostage:

'A breath of air in the suffocating reality we live'

Rachel, the mother of hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin, was elated to hear of Operation Arnon's success but believes that military raids have their limits.

'A breath of air in the suffocating reality we live'

Pentagon:

'Israel did not use Gaza aid pier in hostage rescue operation'

Pentagon spokesperson pushes back on reports claiming that Israel used the US-built pier off Gaza during "Operation Arnon" to rescue hostages held in Gaza.

'Israel did not use Gaza aid pier in hostage rescue operation'

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Moment of silence held for IDF officer Arnon Zamora in Brazil

Pro-Israel event ends with moment of silence for commanding officer who gave his life to rescue 4 hostages in Gaza.

Moment of silence held for IDF officer Arnon Zamora in Brazil

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The moment the hostages were found

New footage shows IDF soldiers coming under heavy fire during the rescue of three of the hostages on Saturday.

The moment the hostages were found

'1st 1 on board, 2nd, 3rd:'

New footage of hostage rescue released

IDF releases new footage showing Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv boarding and flying on the helicopter that took them to freedom after they were rescued on Saturday.

New footage of hostage rescue released

Freed hostage's mother:

'I can sleep well for the first time in 8 months'

Orit Meir, the mother of Almog Meir Jan, who was rescued on Saturday, describes how she learned of her son's return, calls for deal to free the remaining hostages.

'I can sleep well for the first time in 8 months'

'The elephant in the room'

MFA highlights 'civilian' involvement in Hamas atrocities

New video notes how Gazan civilians participated in killing, raping, and abducting Israelis on October 7th and still assist in holding hostages.

MFA highlights 'civilian' involvement in Hamas atrocities

Remember this moment

Do you remember where you were when you heard the news about the rescued hostages? We will remember where we were when we heard the good news since it was a moment of unparalleled joy. Take this moment with you forever.

Remember this moment

Israeli quad tennis player dedicates win to rescued hostages

Guy Sasson won the Roland Garros wheelchair quad singles final on Saturday. Dedicating his win to the four rescued hostages, the crowds shouted, 'Am Yisrael Chai.'

Israeli quad tennis player dedicates win to rescued hostages

US official:

Successful rescue operation complicates efforts to reach a deal

Ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Israel, the Biden administration seems to see the successful operation, which rescued four hostages, in a negative light.

Successful  rescue operation complicates efforts to reach a deal

Urban warfare expert:

'Hostages were not freed, they were RESCUED.'

Chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Modern War Institute at West Point John Spencer says mainstream media is wrongly reporting the rescue operation and the war in Gaza in general.

'Hostages were not freed, they were RESCUED.'

Chief of Staff in Gaza:

'We take significant risks and make fateful decisions'

IDF Chief Staff LTG Herzi Halevi visited the eastern region of Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip and discussed the operation that rescued four hostages.

'We take significant risks and make fateful decisions'

Moving footage:

Andrey Kozlov reunites with his parents

Andrey's parents Evgenya and Michael arrived in Israel from Russia after their son was rescued from Hamas captivity in an Israeli operation.

Andrey Kozlov reunites with his parents

IDF confirms:

Al Jazeera journalist was terrorist who held hostages

Al Jazeera journalist Abdallah Aljamal was an operative in the Hamas terrorist organization, who held the hostages Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv captive in his family home in Nuseirat.

Al Jazeera journalist was terrorist who held hostages

Injured soldier speaks on unity

'A miracle I survived; I will recover and go back to Gaza'

Injured soldier, Yisrael Ben Shetrit, spoke to Arutz Sheva about his injury, the unity among IDF soldiers in Gaza, and his belief that everyone in Israel 'is a hero.'

'A miracle I survived; I will recover and go back to Gaza'

Helmet-cam footage:

Shayetet 13 commandos escort rescued hostages to helicopters

The IDF has released helmet-cam footage showing the naval commandos transferring the rescued hostages from the Yamam and ISA forces to the helicopters that took them home.

Shayetet 13 commandos escort rescued hostages to helicopters

'Welcome home!'

Hundreds gather in NYC to celebrate rescue of hostages

Participants celebrated the rescue of four hostages from Gaza and wrote on the posters with the hostages' photos that had been hanging around the city 'HOME!'

Hundreds gather in NYC to celebrate rescue of hostages

Israeli flags in hand

Thousands pay respects to Yamam officer killed in rescue op.

The Yamam commanding officer eulogized Chief Inspector Arnon Zamora and recalled how he led his men in fighting terrorists on October 7th.

Thousands pay respects to Yamam officer killed in rescue op.

Report:

This is the room where Noa Argamani was held hostage

Gazans posted pictures of the room where they claim Noa Argamani was held until her rescue

This is the room where Noa Argamani was held hostage

Commander recites 'Hagomel' Blessing after rescue mission

Lt. Col. Idan Nir, the commander of Battalion 532 of Armored Corps Brigade 460, who participated in the operation to free four hostages recited a prayer of gratitude after the successful mission.

Commander recites 'Hagomel' Blessing after rescue mission

Troops from multiple units

IDF releases more information about Operation Arnon

Soldiers and commandos from more than ten different units operated to provide cover and assistance in the mission to rescue four hostages from Gaza.

IDF releases more information about Operation Arnon

How IDF soldiers entered refugee camp where hostages were held

An undercover force entered the densest refugee camp and within an hour began the rescue operation, supported by additional forces and heavy Air Force cover

How IDF soldiers entered refugee camp where hostages were held

Released hostage:

'The citizens of Israel hurt me, they reacted negatively'

Released hostage Agam Goldstein-Almog recounted what she sees as shockingly negative reactions to her release. 'I got reactions as if you're my enemies.'

'The citizens of Israel hurt me, they reacted negatively'

Netanyahu:

'Happy is the nation that is blessed with its heroes'

During Cabinet meeting, PM says rescue of 4 hostages demonstrates the stature of Israelis and their supporters, but the loss of the rescuers' commander remains painful.

'Happy is the nation that is blessed with its heroes'

"Proud and Love You"

Fallen commander's letter to his team

Arnon Zamora, who fell during the rescue of four hostages, wrote to his team: 'I wouldn't ask for _ else beside me but you.'

Fallen commander's letter to his team

Report:

Noa Argamani was held in Al Jazeera reporter's apartment

Arab journalist Abdallah Aljamal killed while reportedly attempting to prevent the rescue of a female hostage he held captive in his apartment.

Noa Argamani was held in Al Jazeera reporter's apartment

Col. Richard Kemp:

'Incredibly impressive, hard to rescue hostages from 2 places'

Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan speaks to Arutz Sheva about the difficulty and achievement of the rescue of 4 hostages yesterday, warns Hamas will attempt to make further rescues more difficult.

'Incredibly impressive, hard to rescue hostages from 2 places'

BBC asks:

Why didn't Israel warn Gazans before the hostage rescue?

During an interview with former IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus, a BBC presenter wondered why Israel did not alert the Gazans before the hostage rescue operation.

Why didn't Israel warn Gazans before the hostage rescue?

'Didn't get to see son's return'

Father of hostage died hours before his son's rescue

Yossi Jan found unresponsive when officials came to tell him the news that his son Almog Meir was rescued from Gaza.

Father of hostage died hours before his son's rescue

Fallen commander's widow:

'Amazing spouse, perfect dad, loving and beloved man'

In a post published by Michal Zamora, the widow of fallen YAMAM officer Arnon Zamora who fell in battle during the hostage rescue mission, she eulogized: "He was a loving and beloved man."

'Amazing spouse, perfect dad, loving and beloved man'

Francesca Albanese calls rescue of 4 hostages 'genocidal'

UN Special Rapporteur with history of antisemitic statements criticizes operation in which Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv were rescued, citing Hamas-given casualty figures.

Francesca Albanese calls rescue of 4 hostages 'genocidal'

Operation Arnon:

'An exciting and nerve-wracking operation'

Soldiers from the Kfir and Paratroopers brigades accompanied the forces that rescued the hostages and were responsible for the security and rescue cover. "What happened is far beyond imagination."

'An exciting and nerve-wracking operation'

Blinken:

'We will not rest until every hostage is returned home'

Secretary of State welcomes operation to rescue four hostages, calls on Hamas to accept Biden proposal: The only thing standing in the way of achieving this ceasefire is Hamas.

'We will not rest until every hostage is returned home'

Freed hostage and her father on front page of UK newspapers

The Telegraph and The Observer feature on the front page of their Sunday edition a photo of Noa Argamani reuniting with her father Yaakov, after she was freed from Hamas captivity.

Freed hostage and her father on front page of UK newspapers

Hostages were forced to read the Quran

Hostages who were rescued from captivity on Saturday say that the terrorists forced them to read the Quran and learn Islamic rulings.

Hostages were forced to read the Quran

Gallant:

'One of the most heroic operations I've ever seen'

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant praised all the forces involved in Operation Arnon, the daring rescue of four hostages from Nuseirat over Shabbat.

'One of the most heroic operations I've ever seen'

Rescued hostage: 'Did you watch my video?'

Hamas terrorists filmed Almog Meir Jan, and told him that they would pass the video clip to Israel - but they never did.

Rescued hostage: 'Did you watch my video?'

Sara Netanyahu speaks with mother of rescued hostages

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaks with parents of Shlomi Ziv and Noa Argamani, who were rescued from Gaza on Saturday in a heroic military operation.

Sara Netanyahu speaks with mother of rescued hostages

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Tribute to the squadron commander who rescued the hostages

Felix was scrambled at night to the daring operation to free the four hostages from Gaza Strip, but still managed to arrive this evening to celebrate his birthday at a 'Hatikva 6' concert.

Tribute to the squadron commander who rescued the hostages

Watch: Noa Argamani celebrates her father's birthday

Noa Argamani, one of the four hostages rescued from Gaza on Saturday, celebrates her father's birthday together with him.

Watch: Noa Argamani celebrates her father's birthday

New details emerge on heroic hostage rescue operation

Israeli forces entered Nuseirat in civilian vehicles, terrorists opened fire towards the vehicle in which the hostages were waiting to leave.

New details emerge on heroic hostage rescue operation

PM Netanyahu:

A heroic operation which will be recorded in history books

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks about the heroic operation which led to the rescue of four hostages, after meeting the hostages and their families at Sheba Medical Center.

A heroic operation which will be recorded in history books

Rescued hostage to Pres. Herzog:

Thank you. There are no heroes like the IDF

Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks with the four rescued hostages, welcoming them back home and inquiring after their welfare.

Thank you. There are no heroes like the IDF

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Passersby sing 'Am Israel chai' as Noa Argamani visits mother

Noa Argamani arrives at Ichilov Hospital to meet her ailing mother, passersby sing 'Am Israel chai' in her honor.

Passersby sing 'Am Israel chai' as Noa Argamani visits mother