Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a daring mission in the early hours of Monday to rescue two Argentine hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The operation, which was launched from Rafah, resulted in the successful release of Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Hartwo, who had been kidnapped since October 7 by the terrorist group. Official information indicates that both are in good health.
The IDF carried out a joint operation with Shabak and Israeli police forces in Rafah, where Israel has been fighting a tough battle against Hamas since then. The war conflict has already claimed over 26,000 lives according to Palestinian health organizations.
The Shin Bet secret service, Israeli Defense Forces and special police forces executed a special operation to free Marman and Har from their captivity. According to reports, two relatives of the Argentines had previously been released during an exchange of hostages from November 23 to 30. Both Marman and Har had been kidnapped from Nir Yitzhak kibbutz, where they had gone to visit Clara Marman, also kidnapped by Hamas and released at the end of November.
Israeli air force attacked when Hamas militants tried to intercept the rescuers. Marman and Har were taken by military helicopter to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. Other Argentines remain hostages in Gaza, including baby Kfir Bibas and his family members Ariel and his parents.
Hamas has dominated Gaza Strip for years, leading to a humanitarian disaster for its over 1.5 million Palestinians residents who are crowded nearby, most of whom are internally displaced. The situation worsened with Israel’s attacks on the terrorist group that controlled the Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defense minister Yoav Gallant have been fighting a duel with international community pressing them to protect civilians due to Israeli advance on Rafah while President Joe Biden asked Netanyahu not to attack Rafah without a plan that protects civilians.