Who are the four hostages Israel freed from Gaza?

Israeli troops on Saturday rescued four Israeli hostages held in Gaza since Hamas militants captured them on October 7 in the attack on the Supernova music festival in southern Israel. Here are short profiles of the freed captives, identified by the army as Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv.

Noa Argamani, 26

Noa Argamani became one of the faces of the hostages in the immediate aftermath of October 7 after a video emerged of her being taken away from the festival by Hamas fighters on the back of a motorbike.

"Don't kill me!" she screamed.

The video showed her boyfriend, Avinatan Or, an engineer, being led away separately.

A student at Ben-Gurion University in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, Argamani "loves life", a group of her friends said on social media.

Her Chinese-Israeli mother has brain cancer and in a public video spoke of her despair at the possibility she may not see her daughter before she dies.

Almog Meir Jan, 22

Almog Meir Jan, a resident of Or Yehuda in the Tel Aviv area, left a voice message just before 8:00 am on October 7, on the cellphone of his mother Orit Meir.

"Mum, rockets are (falling) everywhere. I don't know what is going on," he said. "Mum, I love you."

Orit Meir told reporters in Athens in November that her life had become "a nightmare."

The last glimpse she had of her son was a Hamas video released shortly after the attack.


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