OAN’s Elizabeth Volberding
5:52 PM – Thursday, November 16, 2023
According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the deceased body of Yehudit Weiss, who was held hostage by Hamas terrorists, was found by Israeli military troops near Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip.
On Thursday, Weiss’s body was discovered and extracted by IDF troops in a building near the Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip. The body was later sent to Israeli territory for identification.
Weiss, a 65-year-old mother of five, was one of the 240 Israelis who were abducted by Hamas on October 7th and had been held captive in Gaza ever since.
Weiss’s deceased body was discovered in the structure near Shifa Hospital, alongside Hamas military equipment, which included assault rifles and RPGs. Her body was found by the IDF’s 603rd Combat Engineering Battalion, which functions as part of Operation Swords of Iron.
Weiss’s body was later transported to Israel territory for identification and both the IDF and police later informed Weiss’s family of her death.
“It’s important for us to say that we fought, we battled in every possible way to bring mom, grandma Yehudit home,” said Weiss’s daughter. “For us, it is too late, but it is important for us to support all the families of the hostages, and to tell the world, bring them home now, so that for them it is not too late, like it was for us.”
Weiss’s son, Ohad, also said that the family “had hope, a lot of hope, that she would come home. We wished, we hoped, and sadly for us, it is too late.”
“The IDF sends its heartfelt condolences to the family,” the IDF announced. “The national task before our eyes is to locate the missing and return the abducted persons home. The IDF is operating alongside and in full coordination with the relevant national and security institutions in order to pursue these tasks. We will not cease from the mission until it is completed.”
Weiss was a resident of the southern kibbutz of Be’eri and she was also going through a cancer battle before her death at the hands of the terrorist organization.
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