The Israeli Army has successfully rescued two hostages in a daring operation in the southern Gaza Strip. The hostages, Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har, were kidnapped by the terrorist organization Hamas on October 7 at Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak. The Israeli Army, along with the Shin Bet security agency and the Israeli police, carried out the operation overnight in the city of Rafah, resulting in the safe recovery of the hostages.
Following their rescue, the two hostages were reported to be in good condition and were transferred to the Sheba Tel Hashomer hospital for evaluation. The Israeli government has expressed its gratitude to the Israeli Forces for their efforts in rescuing its citizens. The government of Javier Milei also thanked the Israeli Defense Forces, the Shabak, and the Israeli Police for successfully completing the rescue mission.
During the attacks on October 7, Palestinian militants took about 250 hostages, with approximately 130 remaining in Gaza and 29 believed to have died. Israel responded with a relentless offensive in Gaza, resulting in the deaths of at least 28,176 people, mostly women and children, according to the territory’s Health Ministry.
However, dozens of captives captured on October 7 were freed during a week-long truce in November, which also saw the release of more than 200 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Talks have resumed in Cairo to negotiate a pause in fighting, and Hamas is open to a new ceasefire that includes more prisoner and hostage exchanges.
Hamas’s military wing has reported that two hostages were killed and eight others seriously wounded in Israeli bombings in recent days, a claim that AFP could not independently verify. The situation has led to growing protests and calls for early elections over the government’s failure to bring the hostages home.
The successful rescue of the hostages is a testament to the Israeli Army’s commitment to the safety and security of its citizens. The government remains dedicated to using all means necessary to ensure the safe return of all hostages. The international community continues to monitor the situation in the region, with hopes for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.
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