Body of Israeli hostage kidnapped during cycling trip on 7 October found in Gaza, IDF says


The body of an Israeli hostage who was captured by Hamas militants while on a cycling trip has been recovered from Gaza, the Israeli military has said.

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum said Ron Benjamin, 53, was riding his bike in the Kibbutz Be’eri in Israel when he was taken hostage during the 7 October attack.

The group said he was a “family man who loved cycling” and that he “used to go out for a ride every Saturday, just as he did on that fateful Saturday when he was taken hostage”.

It added: “Ron loved traveling in Israel and around the world, and he loved music.​​”

The Israeli military said on Saturday that Mr Benjamin’s body was recovered by its forces operating in Gaza.

They said he was among the 252 people seized by Hamas-led Palestinian gunmen during the incursion on 7 October.

Chief military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said Mr Benjamin were found along with three other murdered hostages whose repatriation was announced on Friday.

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The remains of Itzhak Gelerenter, 56, Amit Buskila, 28, and Shani Louk, 22, were discovered in an overnight operation carried out by Israel’s military and intelligence agency Shin Bet, Mr Hagari said.

They were killed at the Nova music festival on the day of the Hamas attack.

The Israeli military, citing intelligence information, has said all four hostages were killed on 7 October.

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