the remains of an Israeli, then considered a hostage, discovered in Israel

the remains of an Israeli, then considered a hostage, discovered in Israel
the remains of an Israeli, then considered a hostage, discovered in Israel

The remains of Eliakim Livman, an Israeli whom authorities considered to be hostage in the Gaza Strip, have been discovered in Israel, the army and his family announced Friday. Member of the security team of the Nova music festival, stormed by fighters of the Palestinian movement Hamas during their attack in southern Israel, Livman, 24, “was assassinated during the massacre of October 7” and “his body discovered in Israeli territory,” the army said in a statement.

Authorities previously believed he was among some 250 people kidnapped on October 7 and taken to the Gaza Strip, where, according to Israel, 128 of them remain, 35 of whom are considered dead. Contacted by AFP, the Israeli army refused to specify where, when and how his remains were discovered. She simply indicated that they had been identified “thanks to clues found in the field and after an investigation […] complex carried out by the Israeli armed forces and police and the National Institute of Forensic Medicine.

According to Israeli media, his remains were discovered buried with those of another victim killed during the Nova festival. “After more than 200 days and nights of searching, worrying, praying and crying […] we learned with great sadness that our dear beloved son […] was no longer among the living,” his family said in a statement.

365 dead

He was killed at the Nova festival site after spending “hours tending to the many injured”, she added. Including Livman, 365 people were killed at the festival site. Earlier on Friday, the army confirmed that an Israeli hostage in Gaza had died since October 7. According to Kibbutz Beeri where he lived, Dror Or, 49, was killed during the attack on the kibbutz and his body taken to Gaza by Hamas.

After seven months of war in the Gaza Strip, mediation led by Egypt, Qatar and the United States is trying to extract a truce agreement from Israel and Hamas. The only previous truce, at the end of November, allowed for a week the release of 105 hostages – including 80 Israelis – in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinian detainees from Israeli prisons.

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