Noa Argamani returned to the arms of her father today after 245 days spent in dire captivity in the beleaguered Gaza Strip.

Noa, who was taken hostage by Hamas on the back of a motorcycle on October 7, was among four hostages rescued in a dramatic firefight with IDF forces earlier today.

Emotional scenes showed Noa, 26, reunited with her father on his birthday – the first time in more than half a year that they had seen each other since her capture from the Supernova Music Festival.

Video showed Noa reintegrating back into civilian life, pictured hugging her father and sharing a Coca Cola – and calling with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express her relief.

Noa will now hope to be able to see her mother, Liora Argamani, who has repeatedly shared her prayers to see her daughter again since her diagnosis with stage 4 cancer.

Noa smiles while having a drink of coke with her father Yakov after being reunited today

Noa smiles while having a drink of coke with her father Yakov after being reunited today

This is the moment Noa Argamani who was kidnapped by Hamas motorbikers on October 7 was reunited with her father

This is the moment Noa Argamani who was kidnapped by Hamas motorbikers on October 7 was reunited with her father

Noa Argamani, 25, was seen kidnapped on the back of motorbike during the horrifying terrorist attacks

Noa Argamani, 25, was seen kidnapped on the back of motorbike during the horrifying terrorist attacks

Noa, who is 26, was kidnapped from the Nova music festival on October 7 and taken into Gaza

Noa, who is 26, was kidnapped from the Nova music festival on October 7 and taken into Gaza 

Noa was one of just 19 women that are still being held by the terror group

Noa was one of just 19 women that are still being held by the terror group 

Hamas later appeared in a chilling hostage video in January

Hamas later appeared in a chilling hostage video in January

Noa's mother Liora Argamani has stage 4 brain cancer and has repeatedly expressed her desire to see her daughter again

Noa’s mother Liora Argamani has stage 4 brain cancer and has repeatedly expressed her desire to see her daughter again

Noa Argamani made front pages around the world when she was dragged into Gaza by Hamas on October 7.

Images of her being kidnapped on the back of a motorcycle with her boyfriend, Avinatan Or, horrified onlookers and saw international condemnation land with Hamas.

In January, Hamas released a chilling video of Noa from captivity and apparently under duress, calling on Netanyahu to ‘please stop the war’ and ‘bring us home’.

The Israeli prime minister vowed to vanquish Hamas and release all the hostages in spite of calls for a ceasefire.

The operation to rescue Noa was the largest and most successful of the war so far.

Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40, were also recovered in a daytime operation in two separate locations in the heart of Nuseirat.

Israel says more than 130 hostages remain, with about a quarter of those believed dead, and divisions are deepening in the country over how to bring them home.

Following her release, Noa was pictured enjoying a Coca Cola with her father, and filmed receiving phone calls from President Isaac Herzog and Netanyahu. 

‘I am so happy to be here,’ she said in her call with Herzog in a video distributed by his office.

‘Thank you for everything, thank you for this moment,’ she said, sitting with her father in a hospital room.

In another video, speaking on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Noa said, ‘I am very moved. I haven’t heard Hebrew for so long.’

She was kidnapped along with her boyfriend Avinatan Or from the Supernova festival on the morning of October 7. Her boyfriend is still believed to remain in captivity. 

In a statement, the IDF said: ‘The hostages were rescued by the IDF, ISA and ‘Yamam’ forces from two separate locations in the heart of Nuseirat. 

‘They are in good medical condition and have been transferred to the ‘Sheba’ Tel-HaShomer Medical Centre for further medical examinations.

‘The security forces will continue to make every effort to bring the hostages home.’

The Mail On Sunday front page after the October 7 attacks - featuring Noa's plea 'Don't kill me'

The Mail On Sunday front page after the October 7 attacks – featuring Noa’s plea ‘Don’t kill me’

Noa was filmed hugging her father today in emotional scenes after her long stint in captivity

Noa was filmed hugging her father today in emotional scenes after her long stint in captivity

In another video, speaking on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Noa said, 'I am very moved. I haven't heard Hebrew for so long'

In another video, speaking on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Noa said, ‘I am very moved. I haven’t heard Hebrew for so long’

Noa's father (pictured in November), Yakov, said doctors have told the family his wife, Liora, does not have long to live in November

Noa’s father (pictured in November), Yakov, said doctors have told the family his wife, Liora, does not have long to live in November

Yakov sits with Noa's friends in November, who arranged for a song to be performed in honour of Noa and her boyfriend Avi Natan, who was also abducted from the Nova festival

Yakov sits with Noa’s friends in November, who arranged for a song to be performed in honour of Noa and her boyfriend Avi Natan, who was also abducted from the Nova festival

A video circulated on social media which allegedly showed Noa in captivity in Gaza

A video circulated on social media which allegedly showed Noa in captivity in Gaza

Her boyfriend, Avi Nathan, distraught and helpless, was also seen on video being kidnapped on October 7. Her boyfriend is still believed to remain in captivity

Her boyfriend, Avi Nathan, distraught and helpless, was also seen on video being kidnapped on October 7. Her boyfriend is still believed to remain in captivity

A photograph taken in 2023 of Avi Natan, who was also abducted from the Nova festival

A photograph taken in 2023 of Avi Natan, who was also abducted from the Nova festival

Released hostage Almog Meir Jan reacts after emerging alive from the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, in Ramat Gan, Israel, today

Released hostage Almog Meir Jan reacts after emerging alive from the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, in Ramat Gan, Israel, today

Andrey Kozlov, a released hostage reacts, after the military said that Israeli forces

Andrey Kozlov, a released hostage reacts, after the military said that Israeli forces

Andrey Kozlov, an Israeli hostage who was kidnapped in the deadly October attacks, has been found

Andrey Kozlov, an Israeli hostage who was kidnapped in the deadly October attacks, has been found

Shlomi Ziv has also been found. He was also captured at the Nova music festival

Shlomi Ziv has also been found. He was also captured at the Nova music festival

Almog Meir has also been found. He was also captured at the Nova music festival

Almog Meir has also been found. He was also captured at the Nova music festival

Family members of hostages react as they walk towards a medical center after the military said that Israeli forces have rescued four hostages alive from the central Gaza Strip today

Family members of hostages react as they walk towards a medical center after the military said that Israeli forces have rescued four hostages alive from the central Gaza Strip today

Supporters and family members of hostages walk react to the news of the rescue

Supporters and family members of hostages walk react to the news of the rescue

Supporters of hostages nervously await news of the hostage rescue operation

Supporters of hostages nervously await news of the hostage rescue operation

In another video, speaking on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Noa said, 'I am very moved. I haven't heard Hebrew for so long'

In another video, speaking on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Noa said, ‘I am very moved. I haven’t heard Hebrew for so long’

Israel army spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said the operation took place in two separate buildings ‘in the heart of a civilian neighbourhood’.

‘While under fire inside the buildings, under fire on the way out from Gaza, our forces rescued our hostages,’ Hagari said in a televised statement.

An Israeli soldier was ‘critically wounded’ in the operation, which took place around 11:00 am (0800 GMT), he added.

Noa’s conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Noa: Hello?

Netanyahu: Hello Noa, welcome home.

Noa: Thank you very much.

Netanyahu: How are you feeling, Noa?

Noa: I’m very excited. I haven’t spoken Hebrew for such a long time.

Netanyahu: Now, both Hebrew, and at home, and that’s important. We have not given up on you for one minute. I don’t know if you believed it, but we believed it, and it has materialized.

Noa: Thank a lot.

Netanyahu: Be blessed with you family, and hug your mother for me and for my wife.

Noa: Thanks a lot.

‘The message this morning to Hamas is clear: we are determined to bring back home all the hostages.’

The rare rescue comes eight months into war with Palestinian Hamas militants in Gaza.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said on X: ‘Noa, Almog, Andrey and Shlomi – we are overjoyed to have you home.’

The Hostages Families Forum Headquarters – a volunteer-based organisation set up to help bring hostages home – called the recovery of the four hostages ‘a miraculous triumph’, and called on Israel’s government to bring home those still being held.

They said in a statement: ‘The heroic operation by the IDF that freed and brought home Noa Argamani, Shlomi Ziv, Andrey Kozlov, and Almog Meir Jan is a miraculous triumph. Now, with the joy that is washing over Israel, the Israeli government must remember its commitment to bring back all 120 hostages still held by Hamas – the living for rehabilitation, the murdered for burial.

‘We continue to call upon the international community to apply the necessary pressure on Hamas to accept the proposed deal and release the other 120 hostages held in captivity; every day there is a day too far.’

A Hamas official said Israel’s freeing of four hostages after nine months was ‘a sign of failure not an achievement’, according to Reuters. 

The terrorist organisation said dozens of people, including children, have been killed and injured in the operation. 

Around 1,200 people were killed in Israeli during the Hamas attack and around 250 people were taken hostage. 

More than 100 hostages were released during a ceasefire in November in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israel. 

Relatives of rescued Israeli hostages that were freed pose with an Israeli flag outs Sheba Tel-HaShomer Medical Centre in Ramat Gan on June 8, 2024

Relatives of rescued Israeli hostages that were freed pose with an Israeli flag outs Sheba Tel-HaShomer Medical Centre in Ramat Gan on June 8, 2024 

People react after the military said that Israeli forces have rescued four hostages

People react after the military said that Israeli forces have rescued four hostages 

All smiles outside the medical center in Israel after four hostages were recued alive from the central Gaza Strip on Saturday

All smiles outside the medical center in Israel after four hostages were recued alive from the central Gaza Strip on Saturday

Supporters of the hostages waved Israeli flags and filmed themselves today

Supporters of the hostages waved Israeli flags and filmed themselves today 

Sickening footage showed the moment Israeli hostage Noa was seized by Hamas and driven to Gaza on the back of a motorbike (pictured) on October 7

Sickening footage showed the moment Israeli hostage Noa was seized by Hamas and driven to Gaza on the back of a motorbike (pictured) on October 7

The chilling video showed Noa surrounded by at least ten gun-toting terrorists (pictured) who can be heard jeering and shouting at her

The chilling video showed Noa surrounded by at least ten gun-toting terrorists (pictured) who can be heard jeering and shouting at her

In the footage published in April, the woman can be heard wailing as she is manhandled by a Palestinian fighter, who holds her head down as he places a black bag over her face (pictured)

In the footage published in April, the woman can be heard wailing as she is manhandled by a Palestinian fighter, who holds her head down as he places a black bag over her face (pictured)

This picture of Noa - her arms outstretched toward her boyfriend as she screams for help - became one of the most recognisable images of the atrocities after it was published by The Mail on Sunday on October 8

This picture of Noa – her arms outstretched toward her boyfriend as she screams for help – became one of the most recognisable images of the atrocities after it was published by The Mail on Sunday on October 8

After Noa was captured in October, she later appeared in a chilling hostage video in January, speaking to camera alongside fellow captives Yossi Sharabi, 53, and Itai Svirsky, 38. 

The two men were later reported to have been killed, with Noa forced to announce their deaths. 

Hamas also published a ‘psychological terror’ video of what was believed to be the voice of Noa Argamani on May 31.

It sparked outcry from her family and campaigners who have called for the government to bring her and the other hostages in Gaza home. 

The voice identified as Noa can be heard saying: ‘I am imprisoned with Al-Qassam Brigades [the armed wing of Hamas].

‘I have been in captivity for more than 237 days and do not know till when.

‘I say to the people of Israel: Have you become government partners with Netanyahu, Gallant and Gantz? Will my fate together with my colleagues be like Ron Arad’s fate?’

Ron Arad was an Israeli airman who bailed out of his plane during a mission over southern Lebanon in 1986 and was taken hostage. Israel has tried to locate him for decades but he is now presumed dead.

A poster of Noa is seen in the Florentin neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel, May 11, 2024

A poster of Noa is seen in the Florentin neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel, May 11, 2024

Noa's voice was heard on May 31, accompanied with drawings which her family believe were done by the young woman

Noa’s voice was heard on May 31, accompanied with drawings which her family believe were done by the young woman

Israeli civilians were taken off the street and driven back into Gaza on October 7

Israeli civilians were taken off the street and driven back into Gaza on October 7

Footage showed hostages being taken by Hamas militants into Gaza on October 7

Footage showed hostages being taken by Hamas militants into Gaza on October 7

The Argamani Family initially released a statement via the Hostages & Missing Families Forum shortly after the video began circulating asking that it not be broadcast.

But soon after, the forum provided the following statement, allowing the publication of the video with the family’s approval.

‘After assessing the situation and receiving additional information, the Argamani family has approved the use of a video in which Noa Argamani was heard while being held hostage by Hamas,’ it said.

‘Alongside Noa’s voice, drawings are shown, which the family believes to be scribbles that Noa has drawn.’

The forum statement continued, saying, ‘125 men and women have been held hostage by Hamas for 238 days. The Israeli government must hear the call and act decisively, without the need for any propaganda video from Hamas, to swiftly reach a deal to bring the hostages home!’

Noa’s mother Liora Argamani has stage 4 brain cancer and has repeatedly expressed her desire to see her daughter again.

Late last year, the 61-year-old made a last ditch plea to US President Joe Biden begging him for the opportunity to ‘hug’ her daughter ‘one last time’ before she dies.

She said: ‘I am terminally ill with Stage 4 brain cancer.

‘All that’s running through my mind before I part ways with my family forever is the chance to hug my daughter, my only child, one last time

‘My daughter Noa is a contagiously happy and resilient young woman.

‘She loves to dance, loves music, loves being with her friends and family.’

In March, she made another please to the President, saying in a video message: ‘My heart really hurts. On one hand it’s physical, it’s not working the way it should. One the other hand, because my daughter is a hostage.

‘Since the kidnapping, when I see her look in this picture, it chokes me up.

‘How beautiful she is, how amazing she is. I want to see [my daughter] one more time. Talk to her one more time,’ she pleaded.

‘I am asking you President Joe Biden, I don’t have a lot of time left in this world. It may be my last wish, I am really begging you.’ 

The young woman was among more than 100 people who are believed to still be being held hostage in Gaza. She is one of just 19 women that are still being held by the terror group.

Some of the survivors who have been released from Gaza during the hostage exchange and ceasefire deal in November have described being tortured, sexually assaulted and starved in captivity.

Meanwhile earlier today the military said in a separate statement that forces were ‘targeting terrorist infrastructure in the area of Nuseirat’.

A Gaza hospital said Israeli strikes in central areas of the territory, including in Nuseirat camp, killed at least 15 people on Saturday.

‘Intense Israeli air strikes in central governorate left at least 15 martyrs and tens wounded who have been brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital,’ the spokesman for the facility, doctor Khalil al-Dakran, told AFP.

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Deir al Balah today

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Deir al Balah today

A Palestinian man carries a casualty in the aftermath of an Israeli strike today

A Palestinian man carries a casualty in the aftermath of an Israeli strike today

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip today

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip today

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in Deir al Balah today

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in Deir al Balah today

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Deir al Balah on Saturday

Palestinians evacuate dead and wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Deir al Balah on Saturday

Dakran said the casualties had come from in and around Nuseirat camp as well as Deir al-Balah, where the hospital is located.

Hamas said in a separate statement: ‘There are dozens of bodies of martyrs and wounded lying on the ground, in the streets, and in safe rooms.’

The group added that Israeli forces were engaged in a ‘brutal and savage aggression on Nuseirat camp’.

AFPTV video showed thick plumes of smoke billowing into the sky from several buildings in Nuseirat.

Other footage posted online showed Kozlov and Meir Jan arriving in Israel and beachgoers erupting into cheers in Tel Aviv after a lifeguard announced the four had been rescued.

In recent weeks the military has carried out intense air and ground assaults in and around Nuseirat.

On Thursday, the military struck a school turned shelter run by the UN agency for supporting Palestinian refugees, also known as UNRWA, which the Al-Aqsa hospital said had killed 37 people.

The Israeli military acknowledged it conducted the strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp that targeted the UN school, saying it killed 17 ‘terrorists’ there.

In February, another rescue mission freed two hostages, but the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza said heavy air strikes that accompanied that mission killed around 100 people in Rafah, southern Gaza.

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