Two Argentine hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip were released during a daring night mission carried out by Israeli forces, as announced by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). According to official sources, both hostages are in good health.
The government of Argentina became aware of the information through diplomatic channels and made a statement thanking the IDF, Shabak and Israeli Police for their success in rescuing Fernando Simon Marman (60) and Louis Har (70), who had been kidnapped since October 7 by Hamas. President Javier Milei also reiterated his request for the release of each of the Argentine hostages during his visit to Israel.
Marman and Har are part of more than 240 hostages taken by Hamas in its attack on October 7, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 people in Israeli territory. Since then, Israel has been engaged in a tough battle against Hamas in Gaza Strip. The war conflict has already ended with over 26,000 dead according to Palestinian health organizations.
On Monday morning, a joint operation was carried out by Shin Bet, IDF and special police forces to rescue the two hostages. The operation began with dozens of airstrikes against Hamas’ Shabura battalion to prevent them from understanding the true objective of rescuing the hostages. 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 who was also kidnapped by Hamas and later released at the end of November.
The kibbutz of Nir Yitzchak is located on one of Israel’s richest agricultural areas and is estimated that Hamas murdered around 60 people there on October 7. The special forces entered the building where the hostages were being held and according to Israeli information there were Hamas terrorists around. The 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 among them baby Kfir Bibas, his two parents Ariel and his little brother as well as other families who have been kidnapped by Hamas.
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