The background of Israel’s release of two hostages in a raid on Rafah that lasted an hour and a half

The rescue mission to liberate Israeli hostages Fernando Marman, 61, and Louis Har, 70, from the Gaza Strip was a coordinated effort involving intelligence services, elite units, and air forces. The operation lasted for an hour and a half. The Shin Bet’s internal intelligence services coordinated the entire mission.

The raid involved elite units from the Yamam counter-terrorism unit of the police, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). At 01:49, Israeli forces raided the apartment where the hostages were being held with explosives. The three captors were immediately killed, and the special forces shielded the hostages with their bodies.

Following the raid, Hamas men opened fire from nearby buildings while the Israeli air force bombed Hamas military sites and command centers. The escape was covered by the Shayetet 13 commando of the navy and the 7th Armored Brigade.

After being pulled from the apartment at around 02:50 local time, Marman and Har were taken out of Rafah in armored vehicles before being put on a helicopter that took them to Israel. After undergoing medical tests, they were found to be in good condition and were able to reunite with their families once again. Only one of those involved in the raid sustained minor injuries.

Marman and Har are both Israeli citizens with dual Argentine nationality who had been kidnapped during a violent Hamas attack on Kibbutz Nir Yiyzhak on October 7th. They had been kidnapped along with Clara Marman (62), sister of Fernando’s first name; companion of Louis; Gabriela (58), sister of Clara; and Mia Leimberg (17), Gabriela’s daughter.

This liberation marks only the second successful rescue operation since its beginning due to war. Another attempt failed resulting in loss of life among hostages while another incident left three hostages dead after mistakenly killing them by Israeli soldiers while trying to free themselves from captivity. Meanwhile Hamas has announced that three Israeli hostages injured during IDF raids in Gaza have died while many others have been reported as injured or killed following massive IDF attacks on Rafah city which resulted in over 100 deaths mostly women and children according to official reports.

Hamas condemned Israel’s latest attacks saying it represents “a broadening of scale” in massacres against Palestinian people.”

By Editor

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