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‘We’re taking you home’: Israeli forces rescue Noa Argamani from Gaza

"We're very excited that you're here, we're proud of you."

Israeli authorities release dramatic footage of security forces freeing hostage Noa Argamani from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, June 15, 2024. Credit: Israel Police.
Israeli authorities release dramatic footage of security forces freeing hostage Noa Argamani from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, June 15, 2024. Credit: Israel Police.

The Israel Police on Saturday released dramatic footage of security forces freeing hostage Noa Argamani from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip.

The bodycam footage shows members of the Border Police’s elite “Yamam” National Counter-Terrorism Unit operating last weekend in the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza.

“We’re taking you home,” an officer is heard saying after the forces stormed the civilian building where Argamani was being held. “We’re very excited that you’re here, we’re proud of you.”

Argamani, 26; Almog Meir Jan, 21; Andrey Kozlov, 27; and Shlomi Ziv, 40, were rescued during a daring daylight raid on Jun. 8 in the heart of a crowded residential neighborhood. All four were kidnapped by Hamas from the Supernova music festival near Kibbutz Re’im on Oct. 7.

Yamam Ch. Insp. Arnon Zamora was mortally wounded during the operation.

Last week, the Israel Police released video showing Yamam officers raiding the home of Abdullah al-Jamal, who was holding the three Israeli men hostage in a separate location nearby.

“Hebrew, Hebrew, where is everyone?” an Israeli officer can be heard shouting.

“Here, here, they’re here,” another officer responds.

“Everything’s OK. We’ve come to rescue you, be calm,” the officer says after identifying the captives. He then fist-bumps Meir Jan.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the successful mission, saying, “The entire nation salutes the brave fighters who risked their lives today to save lives. Once again, you have proven that Israel does not surrender to terrorism and acts with creativity and courage that knows no bounds to bring home the hostages,” he added.

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