IDF Recovers Body of Abducted Woman in Gaza, Unearths Hamas Equipment in Hospital Raid

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said it has now recovered the body of Yehudit Weiss. Credit: Hostages and Missing Persons Forum/Supplied

Israeli soldiers have located the body of Yehudit Weiss, a 64-year-old woman who was abducted by Hamas on October 7. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) announced the grim discovery near al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Yehudit Weiss, who worked in a kindergarten on Kibbutz Be’eri, was found murdered, and her husband, Shmulik Weiss, was previously discovered killed in their home’s safe room during the Hamas terrorists’ killing spree.

The 7th Armored Brigade’s 603rd Battalion found Yehudit Weiss’s body alongside Hamas military equipment, including assault rifles and RPGs, in a building adjacent to the hospital. The IDF brought the body back to Israel for identification, expressing condolences to the family and emphasizing the national mission to locate missing individuals and return hostages home.

Yehudit Weiss, a mother of five undergoing cancer treatment when abducted, worked with children in her kibbutz kindergarten. The IDF did not provide details on the cause of her death or the exact timing of the incident.

Simultaneously, a second Gaza hospital, al-Ahli hospital, became a battleground between Israel and Hamas, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. The IDF claimed the hospital sits above a Hamas command center and revealed the discovery of an operational tunnel shaft and a vehicle containing numerous weapons during a raid. Israel had previously linked hostages to information and footage found on a laptop at al-Shifa hospital.

The discovery at al-Ahli hospital unfolded amid ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Troops successfully thwarted a potential attack by three Hamas terrorists armed with guns and axes at a border crossing near Bethlehem on the West Bank. In the encounter, Cpl Avraham Fetena, 20, lost his life, and five others sustained injuries, preventing what could have been another tragic event.