The Israeli army released two Israeli hostages who had been kidnapped by Hamas on 7 October last night in Rafah , in the south of the Gaza Strip: the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced it on Telegram. “During a joint operation by the IDF (the Israeli Defense Forces, ed.), the ISA (the Israeli Shin Bet security service, ed.) and the Israeli police in Rafah, two Israeli hostages were rescued during the night , Fernando Simon Marman (60) and Louis Har (70), abducted by the terrorist organization Hamas on 7 October from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak,” it said in a statement. “Both are in good medical condition and have been transferred for medical checks to the Sheba Tel Hashomer hospital – the note continues -. The security forces will continue to operate with all means to bring the hostages home”.
The Israeli operation last night in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, caused “around 100 deaths”: this was announced by the Hamas Ministry of Health. Overnight, the Hamas Ministry of Health had spoken of a series of Israeli air strikes during the night in Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt, which had hit 14 houses and three mosques in different areas of Rafah.
The operation to free the two Israeli hostages began around 2:00 last night, when “Israeli forces raided a building in the heart of Rafah where the two were held by Hamas”. Military spokesman Daniel Hagari said this, according to which the action “had been prepared for some time”. “From the moment they opened fire – he added – the soldiers protected the two hostages with their bodies during the battle with the terrorists which broke out with heavy exchanges of fire in many places and with many terrorists”.
The office of Argentine President Javier Milei , on X, “thanked the Israeli army and other security forces for freeing the two hostages Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har”, kidnapped by Hamas on October 7. The same source recalled that Milei in his recent visit to Israel had reiterated the request for the release of each of the Argentine hostages and “his firm condemnation of Hamas terrorism”.
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