Noa Argamani thanks IDF forces who rescued her from captivity

Noa called for the release of the remaining hostages, including her boyfriend


Noa is free and spending time with her family (Photo: Screen grab X/Twitter)

In her first public address since being liberated from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip three weeks ago, Noa Argamani thanked the Israeli security forces and called for the release of the remaining hostages.

Argamani expressed her gratitude to “everyone who risked their lives so that I could return home” in a video message played at a rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.

“I mourn with the family of Arnon Zamora, who fell during the rescue operation of myself and three other hostages. My heart is with his family. Arnon is a hero of Israel, and we are here because of him,” she said.

Argamani, Shlomi Ziv, Andrey Kozlov and Almog Meir Jan were rescued from two separate locations in Nuseirat Camp in central Gaza on June 8. The operation was renamed in honour of Chief Inspector Arnon Zamora, a member of the Israel Border Police’s “Yamam” National Counter-Terrorism Unit who was fatally wounded during the mission.

“As an only child to my parents and as a child to a mother with a terminal illness, my biggest worry in captivity was for my parents. It is a great privilege to be here after 246 days in Hamas captivity,” she added.

“A huge thank you to my family and friends, and to everyone who made our voices heard when we couldn’t speak,” Argamani said in the video message.

She also thanking those who supported her relatives and “contributed, prayed and gave of themselves during this long period.”

More than 250 people were abducted to Gaza during Hamas’s October 7 invasion. Thousands more were killed and wounded by the terrorist group, which committed numerous atrocities during the massacre.

One hundred and twenty hostages remain captive, of whom 116 were abducted on October 7 (the other four were captured earlier). The figure includes both living and deceased men, women and children.

“I want to use this opportunity to remind everyone that there are 120 more hostages in Hamas captivity, including Avinatan Or, my partner from whom I was separated during the kidnapping,” said Argamani.

“Although I am home now, we cannot forget the hostages who are still in Hamas captivity and we must do everything possible to bring them home. I wish for all of us to have more peaceful days, quieter days, to be surrounded by family, friends and good people,” she added.

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