In a daring mission, two Argentine hostages held by the terrorist group Hamas were released on Monday morning. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out the operation in Rafah, Gaza Strip, where Israel has been engaged in a strong offensive against Hamas for over 26,000 people since October 7.
The two hostages, Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har, were among more than 240 people kidnapped by Hamas in its attack on October 7. Since then, Israel has fought a tough battle against the group that once governed Palestinian territory. The war conflict ended with the death of more than 26,000 people according to Palestinian health organizations.
Shin Bet (the secret service of the Hebrew State), Israeli Defense Forces and special police forces collaborated on a joint operation to rescue the two hostages. The video shows them arriving at Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan via military helicopter after being released from an apartment in a heavily guarded building in Rafah.
Marman and Har had been held captive for several months after being kidnapped from Nir Yitzhak kibbutz while visiting Clara Marman who was also kidnapped by Hamas and later released at the end of November. There are still other Argentines remaining as hostages in Gaza Strip among them baby Kfir Bibas, his two parents and his little brother Ariel. Six captives of Argentine origin were previously freed from Gaza Strip during an exchange of hostages from November 23 to 30. Among them were Karina Engelbert and her two daughters Mika and Yuval Angel; Sharon Cunio, of Israeli nationality married to an Argentinean plus her two daughters Julie and Emma Cunio both three years old.
The release of the two hostages comes as President Javier Milei thanked Israeli Defense Forces, Shabak and Israeli Police for successfully completing their rescue mission on Twitter during his visit to Israel last week with President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He reiterated his request for the release of each of the Argentine hostages while condemning Hamas terrorism again through his presidential spokesperson Manuel Adorni.