The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have successfully recovered the body of Yehudit Weiss, a woman who was abducted by Hamas terrorists on October 7. The announcement was made by the IDF, stating that Yehudit Weiss was kidnapped during the chaotic events of October 7. The recovery operation was carried out by the IDF’s 603 Combat Engineering Battalion, near Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza.
Yehudit Weiss, originally from the southern Kibbutz of Be’eri, had been battling cancer when she was abducted. The IDF reported that, along with the retrieval of Yehudit’s body, a substantial cache of arms and ammunition was discovered at the site. The recovery team acted in full coordination with relevant national and security institutions to carry out the mission.
Following the retrieval, Yehudit Weiss’s body was transferred to Israeli territory. An extensive identification process took place, involving military, medical, and religious personnel, along with the Institute of Forensic Medicine. The IDF and Israeli police personnel have conveyed the unfortunate news of her death to her family.
The IDF emphasized its commitment to the national task of locating missing individuals and ensuring the safe return of those abducted. The statement underscored ongoing collaboration with relevant national and security institutions, with an unwavering dedication to completing the mission. Despite the challenging circumstances, the IDF affirmed that it would persist in its efforts until the task is accomplished.
The recovery of Yehudit Weiss’s body marks a significant development in the ongoing efforts to address security challenges and safeguard the well-being of individuals in the region.