Israeli forces recover the body of another hostage as it advances further into Hamas territory

Golders Green: Posters of people taken hostage by Hamas (Ross Lydall)
Golders Green: Posters of people taken hostage by Hamas (Ross Lydall)

Israeli forces have recovered the body of another hostage taken during the October 7 Hamas attack.

Ron Binyamin's remains were located along with those of three other slain hostages whose repatriation was announced on Friday, the military said.

They added that it came about as the result of intelligence gleaned during the latest incursions which have seen Israeli troops and tanks push into parts of a congested northern Gaza Strip district and in Rafah, a southern city next to the Egyptian border packed with displaced people.

Mr Binyamin was one of more than 250 hostages seized by Hamas in the cross-border rampage that triggered the war.

There was no immediate comment from Hamas.

Israel has conducted renewed military sweeps this month of parts of northern Gaza where it had declared the end of major operations in January. At the time, it also predicted its forces would return to prevent a regrouping by the Palestinian Islamist group that rules Gaza.

One site has been Jabalia, the largest of Gaza Strip's eight historic refugee camps. On Saturday, troops and tanks edged into streets so far spared the ground offensive, residents said. In one strike, medics said 15 Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded.

The Gaza health ministry and the Civil Emergency Service said teams received dozens of calls about possible casualties but were unable to carry out any searches because of the ongoing ground offensive and the aerial bombardment.

The Israeli military said its forces have continued to operate in areas across the Gaza Strip including Jabalia and Rafah, carrying out what it called "precise operations against terrorists and infrastructure".

"The IAF (air force) continues to operate in the Gaza Strip, and struck over 70 terror targets during the past day, including weapons storage facilities, military infrastructure sites, terrorists who posed a threat to IDF troops, and military compounds," the military said in a statement.