The remains of an Israeli, until now considered hostage, discovered in Israel – Libération

The remains of an Israeli, until now considered hostage, discovered in Israel – Libération
The remains of an Israeli, until now considered hostage, discovered in Israel – Libération

Authorities previously believed that Eliakim Livman, a member of the security team at the Nova music festival, was among the approximately 250 people kidnapped on October 7. According to Israeli media, his remains were discovered buried with those of another victim killed during the festival.

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 from 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”.

365 people were killed at the festival site

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. He was killed at the Nova festival site after passing “hours caring for the many injured”, she added. Including Livman, 365 people were killed at the festival site.

The attack carried out on October 7 by Hamas commandos in southern Israel resulted in the deaths of more than 1,170 people, mainly civilians, according to an AFP report based on official Israeli data. In retaliation, Israel vowed to annihilate Hamas and launched a vast offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has so far left more than 34,600 dead, mostly civilians, according to the Palestinian movement’s Health Ministry.

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