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Daily Briefing May 19, Day 226: Bold IDF op recovers bodies of 4 hostages from Gaza

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian on the fighting in the Strip and in Israel’s north, and the rare West Bank airstrike that killed a terrorist involved in a 2023 murder

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

It is day 226 of the war with Hamas. Military reporter Emanuel Fabian joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

Last night, the Israel Defense Forces announced that soldiers had recovered the body of an additional hostage from the Gaza Strip, after the announcement the previous day that three slain captives had been returned in a special mission. Fabian describes the mission that brought back the remains of Ron Benjamin, Amit Buskila, Itzhak Gelerenter and Shani Louk.

The IDF announced the deaths of two soldiers killed during fighting in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday. Fabian describes the current battles in Gaza, from the north to the south.

On Friday, the IDF confirmed carrying out an airstrike in eastern Lebanon close to the border with Syria, killing a top al-Jama’a al-Islamiyya operative who worked alongside Hamas. We hear how widespread Hamas is inside Lebanon and how the attacks from Hezbollah are escalating.

An Israeli airstrike in the West Bank city of Jenin late Friday night targeted a command room belonging to a local terror network and killed a terrorist who was behind the murder of an Israeli in May 2023. Fabian describes the use of a fighter jet in this strike.

For the latest updates, please see The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

IDF announces recovery of body of Ron Benjamin from Gaza, says he was killed on Oct. 7

IDF says 2 soldiers killed, 4 seriously wounded during fighting in southern Gaza

IDF strike kills Hamas-linked senior operative near Lebanon’s border with Syria

IDF: Terrorist involved in 2023 murder of Israeli killed in rare West Bank airstrike

Trucks carrying 300 pallets of humanitarian aid roll into Gaza across new US pier

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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