During a daring night mission, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) successfully rescued two Argentine hostages held by the terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The rescue operation, which took place on Monday morning, was carried out jointly by the IDF, Shin Bet (secret service of the Hebrew state), and Israeli police forces. The hostages were among more than 240 people taken by Hamas in its attack on October 7 that killed 1,200 people in Israeli territory.
The Shin Bet, IDF and special police forces carried out a joint operation to free Marman and Haar from their captivity. Both were kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak in the richest agricultural area of Israel. According to Israeli information, they were held in an apartment on the second floor of a heavily guarded building as well as additional guards in an adjacent building. Special forces entered the building and there were reportedly Hamas terrorists around. When Hamas militants tried to intercept the rescuers, the Israeli air force attacked.
The hostages were flown by military helicopter to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan where they are now recovering. Other Argentines remain hostages in Gaza, including baby Kfir Bibas and his family members who have been facing tragic stories about being held captive by a terrorist group. In November 2020, Hamas released six prisoners of Argentine origin who had been held captive in Gaza for years.
The rescue operation had been planned for some time but was repeatedly cancelled due to changing circumstances on the ground. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galan have been fighting with international leaders who are pressuring them to protect civilians from harm during their attacks on Rafah, which has become a humanitarian disaster made worse by Israel’s actions against Hamas terrorists controlling it. President Joe Biden has urged Netanyahu to refrain from attacking Rafah without first making sure that civilians are protected from harm.