On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) successfully rescued two Argentine hostages who had been kidnapped by the terrorist group Hamas since October 7. This was revealed by the IDF, and both Marman and Har are in good health. The government of Argentina became aware of this through diplomatic sources and published a statement on social media thanking Israel for its efforts to free them.
The operation involved Shin Bet, the Israeli Defense Forces, and special police forces who carried out a joint mission in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. According to reports, 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, also kidnapped by Hamas but later released at the end of November.
The kibbutz of Nir Yitzchak stands on a rich agricultural area in Israel and is estimated to have been one of the deadliest sites during Hamas’ attack on October 7. It is reported that Hamas murdered around 60 people there on that day. The operation had been planned for a while but was continually cancelled until it finally succeeded with the release of Marman and Har.
According to reports, the rescue operation began with dozens of airstrikes against Hamas’ Shabura battalion so that they would not understand the true objective of rescuing the hostages. The special forces entered a heavily guarded building where both were held and were taken away by military helicopter to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. Other Argentines remain hostages in Gaza, including baby Kfir Bibas with his parents Ariel and Kfir Bibas Senior among others.
The rescue mission has sparked controversy as some criticize Israel’s actions in Gaza while others praise their efforts to free innocent civilians from captivity. The president of United States Joe Biden asked Netanyahu refrain from an attack on Rafah without a plan to protect civilians as well as other leaders have expressed concern about humanitarian crisis situation caused by Israel’s attacks on Gaza strip which has resulted death toll over 26000 according Palestinian health organizations