Geffen Sigal Ilan, a young Israeli woman with Argentine citizenship, was overjoyed to hear that Israeli forces had rescued her uncle Fernando Simon Marman from a Hamas hideout. Fernando was one of two Argentines rescued, along with Norbert Luis Jara, who is the boyfriend of Geffen’s mother.
In a phone conversation with Clarin, Guefen expressed her happiness at saving her uncle and met with the head of the Argentine Embassy in Tel Aviv, Francisco Tropepi, and Ambassador Eyal Sela in Buenos Aires, expressing hope for the release of the remaining hostages.
Guefen was able to greet her uncle and Louis at a hospital in Tel Aviv, where the rescued hostages are being taken for check-ups and rehabilitation. She was happy to see them but also noticed their physical changes after being held captive for four months.
Unfortunately, Fernando and Luis did not give many details about their captivity, but Gueffen expressed her gratitude to Israel’s National Security Service for their efforts in the rescue operation. She also noted that another 134 people are waiting to be released and that she hopes for negotiations that will bring their freedom.
Gueffen said that both Fernando and Luis were detained along with her aunt, mother and cousin but were separated from them when they were released. They did not see other hostages during their captivity. Gueffen expressed her gratitude to the soldiers and Israel’s National Security Service for rescuing her uncle and Louis. She also acknowledged the sacrifices made by the soldiers in the operation and hoped for the safe return of the remaining hostages.