Argentina and Israel have released two of their citizens who were being held captive by Hamas in Gaza. The hostages, Fernando Simon Marman (60) and Louis Har (70), had been kidnapped since October 7th and were freed during a joint operation carried out by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Shabak, and the Israeli Police. Official sources indicate that both are in good health.
The Office of President Javier Milei made a statement on Twitter thanking the Israeli Defense Forces, Shabak, and Israeli Police for successfully completing the rescue mission. Milei reiterated his request for the release of each of the Argentine hostages during his visit to Israel earlier this month.
The two men were part of a group of more than 240 people kidnapped by Hamas on October 7th in an attack that resulted in the death of over 1,200 people. Since then, Israel has been fighting against Hamas in Gaza, which has already resulted in over 26,000 deaths according to Palestinian health organizations.
The kibbutz Nir Yitzhak was one of the places targeted by Hamas during their attack on October 7th. It is estimated that around 60 people were killed there on that day. The rescue operation took place at Rafah in Gaza Strip where Israel is carrying out a strong offensive against Hamas terrorists. The helicopter carrying Marman and Har landed at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv after being rescued from an apartment building heavily guarded by Hamas militants.