On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) successfully carried out a night mission to release two Argentine hostages held by Hamas in Gaza Strip. According to official information, both Fernando Simon Marman (60) and Louis Har (70) are in good health and were freed from their captivity. The Argentine government was informed of the news through diplomatic sources and President Javier Milei made an announcement about it on his Twitter account.
The IDF, Shabak, and Israeli Police worked together to carry out the rescue operation in Rafah, a heavily guarded building where the hostages were being held. Two relatives of the Argentines had previously been released during an exchange of hostages from November 23 to 30. Both Marman and Har had been kidnapped from Nir Yitzhak kibbutz, where they had gone to visit Clara Marman, who was also kidnapped by Hamas but later released.
Hamas murdered around 60 people at Nir Yitzhak kibbutz on October 7, making it one of the deadliest attacks in Israeli territory. Since then, Israel has fought a tough battle against Hamas in Gaza Strip. The war conflict ended more than 26,000 dead according to Palestinian health organizations. Rafah is the largest urban center in Gaza on the border with Egypt but is overcrowded with nearly 1.5 million Palestinians who are internally displaced due to Israel’s attacks on the terrorist group that dominated the Strip.
President Milei thanked Israel for rescuing Marman and Har during his visit to Israel earlier this month when he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog. He reiterated his request for the release of all Argentine hostages and condemned Hamas terrorism. The Office of President Javier Milei made a publication about it on his Twitter account: “The Office of President thanks Israel Defense Forces Shabak and Israeli Police for successfully completing rescue operations for Fernando Simon Marman (60) Louis Har (70), kidnapped by Hamas.”