Israel Says Its Forces Freed Soldier Held Captive in Gaza

By Reuters
October 31, 2023Israel–Hamas War
Israel Says Its Forces Freed Soldier Held Captive in Gaza
Israeli soldier Ori Megidish is seen in a handout picture obtained on Oct. 30, 2023, after Israeli army said she was freed from Hamas during a military's ground operation. (Israel Security Agency/Handout via Reuters)

JERUSALEM—Israel said on Monday that its forces freed a soldier from Hamas captivity during the ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The soldier, identified as Ori Megidish, was kidnapped by Hamas gunmen who rampaged through southern Israeli communities on Oct. 7. She has since undergone medical checks and is “doing well,” the military said.

Israel says that over 200 hostages are being held by Hamas, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the ground campaign in Gaza creates the possibility for their rescue.

“Hamas will not do it unless they are under pressure,” he told reporters. “We obviously greeted one hostage with open arms after yesterday’s successful action … but we’re committed to getting all the hostages back home. We think that this method stands a chance.”

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