The Israeli Army announced this Friday that its troops in the Gaza Strip found the body of a 19-year-old soldier who had been captured alive by Hamas during the October 7 attack, in the second discovery of its kind in recent hours.
“The body of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Noa Marciano, who was kidnapped by the terrorist organization Hamas, was recovered by Army troops from a structure adjacent to the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza and transferred to Gaza Israeli,” reported the military spokesperson.
The confirmation of the soldier’s death came after the appearance of a Hamas video in which she appeared dead due, according to the militants, to a bombing.
“After an identification process carried out by military medical personnel and the rabbinate, representatives of the IDF yesterday informed his family that his body was extracted and returned to Israeli territory,” added the statement from the Army, which on Tuesday had confirmed the death of the young soldier in the hands of Hamas.
That confirmation came hours after the release of a video on Monday night in which Hamas showed images of Marciano in captivity before and after his death, which, according to the Islamist group, was caused by an Israeli bombing of Gaza on November 9.
The video, broadcast on the Telegram channel of the al Qasam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, showed a message in which the soldier asked that the bombings stop because the kidnapped “can die”, and then several photographs of her were apparently seen. dead, with a serious head injury and missing a foot.
The announcement today by the Army about the discovery of the young woman’s body comes shortly after it was reported last night that the body of Yehudit Weiss, a 65-year-old Israeli woman also kidnapped on October 7, had been found, along with more than 240 people.
Both discoveries took place in the vicinity of the Al Shifa hospital, where Israel maintains that the Islamist group’s main military infrastructure is located.
According to some Israeli media, Weiss was a mother of five children and was receiving medical treatment for breast cancer. On the day of the Hamas attack she was at her Kibbutz Beri home when she was taken captive, while her husband, Shmulik Weiss, was found murdered.
The discovery of these two bodies occurs while Israeli forces continue their “precise and selective” operation in the Al Shifa hospital, the largest in the Strip.
According to Israel, Hamas hides what would be its main military center in the enclave in the same medical facility and surroundings, something that the Islamist group denies.