Remains of Hamas Hostage Elyakim Libman Found in Israel

Israeli security guard Elyakim Libman's remains have been found, identified through a thorough investigation after he was abducted by Hamas on October 7. Libman's body was discovered, bringing closure to his family and reducing the number of Israelis thought to be held hostage by Hamas to 252.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Remains of Hamas Hostage Elyakim Libman Found in Israel

Remains of Hamas Hostage Elyakim Libman Found in Israel

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have confirmed that the remains of Elyakim Libman, a security guard thought to have been abducted by Hamas on October 7, 2023, have been found in Israel. Libman's body was identified through a "thorough and complex investigation" conducted by the IDF, Israel Police, and the National Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Libman was working as a security guard at the Nova festival when he was attacked. His family reported that he stayed behind for hours to treat other wounded people before attempting to escape. According to his father, Eliyahu, Libman helped rescue others and was last seen trying to help two badly-injured women.

Why this matters: The discovery of Libman'sremains highlights the devastating human toll of the October 7 attack and the ongoing conflict in the region, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and displacement. The incident also underscores the need for a lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which continues to have far-reaching implications for regional and global stability.

The IDF stated that the National Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Ministry of Health notified Libman's family on Friday that he was "murdered in the October 7th massacre" led by Hamas. Israeli media reports revealed that Libman's remains were initially buried alongside another festival victim in error.

The October 7 attack resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 people, with over 360 of those killed attending the festival. Out of the more than 250 people kidnapped by Hamas, 130 remain unaccounted for, with at least 34 presumed dead. The rest have been released or rescued.

The subsequent Israeli offensive in Gaza has resulted in the deaths of over 34,600 people, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. The conflict, which began after the October 7 attack, has seen extensive Israeli airstrikes and ground operations in the Gaza Strip, as well as rocket fire from Hamas intoworld.

The discovery of Libman's remains brings a measure of closure to his family and reduces the number of Israelis thought to still be held hostage by Hamas to 252. However, the fate of the remaining hostages and the ongoing violence in the region continue to be matters of grave concern for Israel and the international community.

Key Takeaways

  • IDF confirms remains of Elyakim Libman, security guard abducted by Hamas on Oct 7, 2023, found in Israel.
  • Libman helped rescue others before attempting to escape, and was last seen helping 2 badly-injured women.
  • Over 1,200 people killed, 360 at the festival, and 130 remain unaccounted for after the Oct 7 attack.
  • Israeli offensive in Gaza results in over 34,600 deaths, according to Hamas-run health ministry.
  • Discovery of Libman's remains brings closure to his family, leaving 252 Israelis still thought to be held hostage by Hamas.