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Taken captive: Matan Angrest, turned 21 while held hostage in Gaza

Angrest was abducted from near Nahal Oz on October 7

Matan Angrest was taken hostage on October 7, 2023 from his tank unit at the Nahal Oz army base (Courtesy)
Matan Angrest was taken hostage on October 7, 2023 from his tank unit at the Nahal Oz army base (Courtesy)

Matan Angrest, 21, was at Nahal Oz on the morning of October 7 when the kibbutz was attacked during the Hamas assault.

Angrest was taken hostage, along with his friend, Itay Chen.

Angrest tried calling his parents early in the morning of October 7, but his parents didn’t hear the phone.

By the time the family realized what was happening near the Gaza border, they tried calling Matan, but couldn’t reach him.

Matan is the eldest of the four Angrest siblings from Kiryat Bialik and shares his birthday, November 28, with his younger sister, Adi Angrest, who just turned 18.

They usually celebrate together — this was the first time she marked the day without him.

His family has said in interviews that Matan is a natural student and dedicated soccer player who is a longtime fan of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team.

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