Published On: Fri, Nov 17th, 2023
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Mum’s agony as Hamas hostage daughter buried | World | News

A devastated mother sobbed over her daughter’s coffin after the teen soldier and another hostage were found dead near Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital.

Adi Marciano broke down during a funeral service for Noa, 19, in the central Israeli city of Modiin.

Ms Marciano collapsed onto her daughter’s flag-draped wooden casket amid the teenager’s tearful friends and comrades.

Corporal Noa Marciano was among about 240 people kidnapped by Hamas on October 7.

The terror group released a horrific video showing what appeared to be the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps soldier’s body.

Authorities in Jerusalem later confirmed that troops discovered the teen’s remains during a search close to Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza.

The Israeli Defence Forces also found the body of Yehudit Weiss, 64, in a “structure adjacent to the Shifa hospital”. Ms Weiss was captured at Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7 during the initial killing spree.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was clear that there were “strong indications” Israeli hostages had been being held at the Al-Shifa building in recent days and this was “one of the reasons we entered”.

Israel said it has further intelligence about those still held but Mr Netanyahu said: “The less I say about it the better.”

The IDF has revealed it found a tunnel shaft and a “booby-trapped vehicle” during its raid on Al-Shifa.

Israel launched a ferocious overnight bombing onslaught on senior Hamas figures believed to be hunkering in underground sites. The IDF also sent troops into the Jenin refugee camp in occupied West Bank yesterday, saying it killed at least five gunmen.

Reports said a further three Palestinians were killed in an Israeli drone strike on the city and troops had surrounded a hospital there.

Mr Netanyahu admitted his forces’ efforts to keep civilian casualties to a minimum in Gaza had been “not successful” but blamed enemy use of “human shields”.

Meanwhile, the UN yesterday announced that a lack of fuel means that it can no longer bring in aid to the Gaza Strip from Egypt.

And the UN’s World Food Programme said the shortage has caused its bakeries to close. It added only a quarter of food shops are open, selling at inflated prices.

WFP boss Cindy McCain warned groceries and water are “practically non-existent” with little arriving across the borders.

She added: “With winter fast approaching, unsafe and overcrowded shelters, and the lack of clean water, civilians are facing the possibility of starvation.”

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