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Miracle Rescue: Israel’s Latest Victory against Hamas in Gaza Strip”.


Feb 13, 2024
The background of Israel’s release of two hostages in a raid on Rafah that lasted an hour and a half

A daring rescue operation involving intelligence services, elite units, and air forces was carried out in the south of the Gaza Strip to free Israeli hostages Fernando Marman and Louis Har. The entire mission was orchestrated by a war room of the Shin Bet’s internal intelligence services.

At 01:49, Israeli forces raided the apartment where the hostages were being held with explosives. The three captors were immediately killed, and the special forces shielded the hostages with their bodies. The raid involved elite units of the Yamam counter-terrorism unit of the police, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

After a brief struggle, Hamas men opened fire from nearby buildings while Israeli air force bombed Hamas military sites and command centers to cover their escape. The commando of Shayetet 13 of the navy and the 7th Armored Brigade escorted them out of Rafah in armored vehicles before they were taken on a helicopter to Israel.

The two hostages, both Israelis with dual Argentine nationality, had been kidnapped in Kibbutz Nir Yiyzhak during a violent Hamas attack on October 7. Marman and Har were kidnapped together with Clara Marman, 62, sister of the first, and companion of the second. A third sister Gabriela Leimberg and her 17-year-old daughter Mia were also taken captive.

The liberation of Marman and Har is only one of two successful operations since Israel began its offensive against Hamas in Gaza Strip two years ago. Another operation failed when an Israeli soldier was killed while trying to rescue another hostage captured by Hamas militants in Rafah last year. In yet another dramatic episode three hostages who managed to free themselves from their captors were killed mistakenly by Israeli soldiers in June this year.

Hamas condemned Israel’s latest airstrikes on Rafah as part of its ongoing campaign against Palestinians living in Gaza Strip saying that they represent “a broadening scale” of massacres committed against Palestinian people by Israelis

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