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Private Ori Megidish has been reunited with her family

IDF Rescues Soldier Held Hostage by Hamas

Private Ori Megidish, an IDF soldier, was rescued during the IDF's operation in Gaza on Sunday night, October 29, the IDF and Shin Bet said in a joint statement on Monday. The statement noted that the IDF and Shin Bet will continue to make every effort to secure the freedom of the remaining hostages.

Megidish was kidnapped by the Hamas terrorists on October 7 and has now been reunited with her family. A subsequent medical examination has determined that she is healthy.

President Isaac Herzog was quick to express his happiness for Megidish's rescue in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday night. “I was moved to see the soldier Ori Megidish return home to her loving family after a daring operation by the IDF and Shin Bet. Our security forces operate around the clock in Gaza, in the north, in Judea and Samaria, and everywhere, on land, in the air, and at sea,” he wrote.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also commented after Megidish's rescue: “I commend the Shin Bet and the IDF for this significant and emotional achievement, an achievement that reflects our commitment to bringing all the captives home. All of Israel pays tribute to the Shin Bet and the IDF.”

“It's like another birth,” Israeli media quoted a neighbor of the family, Itamar Trobek, as saying. “We are very happy. We saw the family, they weren't the same as yesterday. We prayed a lot.” (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we thank You for helping our defense forces rescue the soldier who was held hostage for 22 days. We rejoice along with her family and hope that this is the beginning of the return of all the remaining hostages. May You inspire our troops and enable them to swiftly rescue all the citizens who were violently abducted by Hamas, and reunite them with their loving families.”

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