Israel welcomes release of kidnapped Filipino

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

November 29, 2023, 1:05 pm

<p>Noralin Babadilla <em>(Photo courtesy of Israel Embassy in Manila)</em></p>

Noralin Babadilla (Photo courtesy of Israel Embassy in Manila)

MANILA – The Israeli government has welcomed the release of Noralin Babadilla, the last Filipino left unaccounted for following the Oct. 7 assault on Israel, who was later found to be among those kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza.

“The Israeli Embassy in Manila expresses great relief upon the release of Ms. Noralin ‘Nataly’ Babadilla from captivity by Hamas after 53 days,” the Israel Embassy in Manila said Wednesday.

Babadilla is undergoing medical evaluation at Tel HaShomer Hospital in Israel, the embassy added.

The embassy said Babadilla and her partner, Gideon Babani, were visiting close friends in Kibbutz Nirim at the time of the attack.

Babani was murdered and Babadilla was taken captive into Gaza.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain for the safe release of the 150+ hostages, including 9 children, still held in captivity by the terror organization Hamas,” the embassy said.

Babadilla will receive support from the Israeli government as given to all “victims of terror”, the embassy said. (PNA)