Nicky Blackburn
October 31, Updated November 1

In a moving statement, the mother of a soldier rescued from Gaza overnight on Sunday has sent a message of thanks to Israel’s security forces for freeing her daughter.

Pvt. Ori Megidish was taken captive on the morning of October 7, when Hamas terrorists overran her base in Nahal Oz, where she was an observation soldier.

Believed to have been held alone, she was rescued by Israeli troops overnight between Sunday and Monday this week. No information has been revealed about the rescue, which was planned several days in advance. 

“Dear people of Israel, we thank everyone for their prayers and support,” Margalit Megidish said in her statement. 

“Our Ori has returned home, and now our prayers are with the rest of those kidnapped and missing. Our hearts are with all the families,” she added.

It is estimated that there are 243 hostages who were kidnapped and taken to Gaza during the brutal attack by Hamas, of whom four have been released. Another 1,400 people were killed in the attack, and there are still people missing. 

Other members of Megidish’s unit were also captured by Hamas. 

In Kiryat Gat, the home of Megidish, celebrations erupted following the news that she had been saved. 

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