Israel recovers body of hostage Elia Toledano, taken from music festival, in Gaza


Israeli special forces have recovered the body of 28-year-old hostage Elia Toledano who was held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas since its Oct. 7 rampage in southern Israel, the military said in a statement on Friday.

The military said that an “identification procedure” had been carried out by medical officials, military rabbis and forensic experts.

Toledano was taken by Hamas from an outdoor music festival that had turned into a massacre, Israeli media reported.

Israeli forces have recovered the body of hostage Elia Toledan. Family handout
Toledano was taken as a hostage from the Supernova music festival. @IDF / X
Moshe Sebbag (C-R), Chief Rabbi of the Grande Synagogue of Paris, greets Daniel Toledano (C-L), brother of hostage Elia Toledano as he participates in a vigil with relatives of Israeli hostages held since the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas. CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Twitter video grabs show attendees at the Tribe of Nova music festival running from a terrorist attack during a Hamas incursion Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, in Southern Israel.

More than 130 hostages remain in Gaza.

Some have been declared dead in absentia by Israeli authorities

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