In a daring overnight operation in Gaza’s southern Rafah city, the Israeli military successfully rescued two hostages abducted by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on October 7.
The joint rescue mission, led by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and various Israeli agencies, unfolded amidst heavy airstrikes that resulted in casualties and injuries among Palestinians, according to Gaza health officials.
הותר לפרסום כי במבצע משותף של צה"ל, שב"כ ומשטרת ישראל (ימ"מ) ברפיח, חולצו הלילה שני חטופים ישראלים, פרננדו סימון מרמן (60) ולואיס הר (70) אשר נחטפו על ידי חמאס לרצועת עזה מניר יצחק ב-7/10.
מצבם של השניים טוב והם הועברו לבדיקות רפואיות במרכז הרפואי שיבא תל השומר. pic.twitter.com/S4GGCEhh8r
— דובר צה״ל דניאל הגרי – Daniel Hagari (@IDFSpokesperson) February 12, 2024
The conflict in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, initiated on October 7 the previous year, saw the Palestinian terrorist group perpetrate cross-border attacks on Israel, resulting in the death of nearly 1,200 Israelis and the abduction of approximately 240 hostages. In response, Israel launched a comprehensive military operation in the strip, claiming the lives of over 28,000 Palestinians.
In a recent announcement, the Israeli military disclosed that the joint operation involving the IDF, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA), and the Israel Police successfully rescued two hostages from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak. The hostages, identified as 60-year-old Fernando Simon Marman and 70-year-old Louis Har, are reported to be in good medical condition and have been transferred for further examination in Israel.
IDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hecht characterized the operation as “complex” and emphasized its execution based on precise intelligence. He mentioned that extensive planning preceded the operation, and the military had been waiting for the right conditions. Visuals shared by the IDF spokesperson captured the moment when the rescued hostages were brought back.
Recalling recent comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Gaza aggression, the airstrikes in Rafah caused panic among locals, involving aircraft, tanks, and ships.
Israel later confirmed the conclusion of the attacks without providing specific details. Netanyahu, rejecting Hamas’s ceasefire offer the previous week, asserted that enough of the remaining 132 hostages in the Gaza Strip were alive to justify Israel’s continued aggression in the region.