Israel announces the first rescue of a soldier kidnapped on October 7, a 19-year-old woman. | ET REALITY


The Israeli military said on Monday it had rescued an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped from an Israeli military base on October 7 and taken to Gaza during Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel.

The soldier, Pvt. Ori Megidish, 19, was rescued between Sunday night and early Monday morning during the ongoing military invasion of Gaza, according to a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. He declined to say where exactly he had been held, but said he was in good physical and mental health.

More than 220 hostages were captured by Hamas and other groups on October 7. Ms. Megidish is the first rescued alive by the Israeli army, Colonel Conricus said. Hamas has freed four other hostages.

She was kidnapped after Hamas gunmen briefly invaded and captured a military base in Nahal Oz, just east of the northern Gaza Strip, where she served as a field observer, according to Ynet, an Israeli media outlet. Field observers monitor threats along the Gaza border by analyzing videos filmed by cameras located along the border fences.

After providing useful information to Israeli security services during an interrogation, he returned home to his family in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel on Monday, Colonel Conricus said.

Video Posted on social media showed her being celebrated at a joyful family gathering that included blowing a shofar, a Jewish ceremonial horn.

Her return sparked celebrations in Israel, even among people who had never met her. Dozens of people gathered to celebrate outside Ms. Megidish’s family home; Some of them were her relatives and neighbors, but others did not previously know her or anyone in her family, according to television reporters who broadcast from the scene.

An aunt, identified as Smadar, he told a television channel: “It is a great joy, we are excited, we thank the Lord, the people of Israel, our soldiers. This is thanks to you.” Around them, people waved Israeli flags and sang “Am Yisrael Chai,” a Jewish hymn that means: “The people of Israel live.”

Ms. Megidish was one of dozens of field observers at the Nahal Oz base on Oct. 7, according to a documentary film about the attack on Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster. Only two escaped death or kidnapping, according to the documentary.

At around 6 a.m. that day, Hamas terrorists broke through the gates of the base and entered the soldiers’ rooms, killing some and kidnapping others. In a video released by Hamas after the attack, Ms. Megidish was seen with his hands cuffed together, standing alongside other captured soldiers, all women, from the base.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described their release online as an “important and moving achievement, expressing our commitment to achieving the release of all hostages.”

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