Body of hostage Yehudit Weiss recovered today in Gaza near Shifa Hospital, says IDF

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Yehudit Weiss was abducted by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Be'eri. (Courtesy)
Yehudit Weiss was abducted by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Be'eri. (Courtesy)

The Israel Defense Forces says it has recovered the body of Yehudit Weiss, 65, who was abducted by Hamas on October 7, from a building near Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip.

Troops of the 7th Armored Brigade’s 603rd Battalion found the body, along with Hamas military equipment, including assault rifles and RPGs.

The body was brought into Israel for identification, following which the military and police notified Weiss’s family of her death.

The IDF does not provide further details on Weiss’s cause of death, or when she was killed.

Weiss, a mother of five, was abducted from Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7. Her husband, Shmulik Weiss, was found murdered in the safe room of their home.

Yehudit, a pensioner who worked with kindergarten kids and in the kibbutz dining room, was being treated with radiation for breast cancer when she was kidnapped.

“The IDF sends its heartfelt condolences to the family,” it says in a statement. “The national mission… is to locate the missing and return the hostages 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 will be completed,” the IDF adds.

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