The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) successfully rescued two Argentine hostages, Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Hart, who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza Strip. The operation was carried out with the support of Shabak and the Israeli Police. The news was revealed by the IDF, and both Marman and Hart are reportedly in good health.
The President of Argentina, Javier Milei, published a message on his Twitter account thanking Israel for rescuing the hostages. He also reiterated his request for their release during his visit to Israel last month. The President’s spokesperson, Manuel Adorni, also tweeted about the successful rescue operation.
Marman and Hart are part of a group of more than 240 hostages taken by Hamas in its attack on October 7th, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 people in Israeli territory. Since then, Israel has been fighting a tough battle against Hamas in Gaza Strip. The war conflict has already ended with more than 26,000 dead according to Palestinian health organizations.
The operation began with dozens of airstrikes against Hamas’ Shabura battalion to confuse them about its true objective before rescuing the hostages. According to reports, two relatives of the Argentines had been previously released during an exchange of hostages from November 23rd to 30th. Both Marman and Hart had been kidnapped from Nir Yitzhak kibbutz along with Clara Marman, who was later released at the end of November. Nir Yitzhak is an agricultural area considered one of the richest in Israel where around 60 people were murdered by Hamas on October 7th.
Hamas continues to hold other Argentine citizens as hostages including baby Kfir Bibas and his family members Ariel and his parents Yuval Angel and Karina Engelbert respectively. In November 2021, Hamas freed six captives of Argentine origin held in Gaza including Yuval Angel (18), Mika Angel (10), Julie Cunio (3), Emma Cunio (3) among others who were internally displaced due to Israeli attacks on Rafah where they take refuge today along with over one million Palestinians