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Israeli Forces Recover Bodies of Three Hostages Killed During Oct. 7 Attack

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Israeli officials reported Friday that the bodies of three killed hostages were recovered in Gaza.

Details: The bodies recovered were confirmed to be ​​Shani Louk, 22, Amit Buskila, 28, and Itzhak Gelerenter, 56. All three were reportedly killed by Hamas fighters during the Oct. 7 on the Nova music festival. Louk became a focal point of coverage soon after the Oct. 7 attack when a widely circulated video showed her unconscious in a pickup truck following the attack.

Key Quotes: A statement from the Israeli Defense Forces said, “Overnight, our troops recovered their bodies and brought them back home to Israel. We will continue operating to bring all of our hostages.”

How the Media Covered It: The New York Post (Lean Right bias) stated that Louk became an “international symbol of Hamas’ savagery after images showed her being paraded around half-naked in the back of a pickup truck during the Oct. 7 attacks.” The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) concluded coverage by stating that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made “little progress” in recovering the hostages and is facing “pressure to resign.” It also noted that Israelis are split, with some wanting the government to “put the war on hold and free the hostages,” and others believing “the hostages are an unfortunate price to pay for eradicating Hamas.” Reuters (Center bias) noted that the Israel campaign in Gaza has “displaced most of Gaza's 2.3 million population, laid waste to the coastal enclave and caused a deep humanitarian crisis.”

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