IDF claims body of hostage recovered and Hamas tunnel found under Gaza hospital – latest

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IDF claims body of hostage recovered and Hamas tunnel found under Gaza hospital – latest
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing during Israeli bombardment on the Palestinian enclave on November 17, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Smoke billows from the Gaza strip during Israeli bombing (Picture: AFP)

The bodies of two Israeli hostages have been recovered from Gaza City, Israel’s military have said.

Judith Weiss, a 65-year-old grandmother who was suffering from breast cancer, was found dead in a building near al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza, according to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).

The body of 19-year-old soldier Noa Marciano was found hours later in a similar location, officials say.

Late on Thursday, Israel shared videos and photos of what it claimed to be ‘operational tunnel shaft and a vehicle containing a large number of weapons’ in the hospital.

Israeli soldiers have been searching the facility, a sprawling complex in the centre of Gaza city, since early on Wednesday morning.

Ms Weiss, who worked in a nursery school, was abducted from her house after her husband was killed in front of her when Hamas militants stormed their kibbutz on October 7.

Dr Ghassan Abu-Sittah, a British doctor working at al-Shifa, has branded Israeli claims that Hamas used the tunnels as a command centre as an ‘outlandish excuse’.