The liberation of Israeli hostages Fernando Marman and Louis Har involved a coordinated effort from intelligence services, elite units, and air forces. The entire operation was orchestrated by a war room of the Shin Bet’s internal intelligence services.
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. The raid was carried out by elite units of the Yamam counter-terrorism unit of the police, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
After the special forces raid, Hamas men opened fire from nearby buildings while the Israeli air force went into action, bombing Hamas military sites and command centers. To ensure a safe escape for Marman and Har, they were covered by two different groups: Shayetet 13 commando of the navy and 7th Armored Brigade. An hour after being pulled from the apartment, Marman and Har were taken out of Rafah in armored vehicles before being put on a helicopter that took them to Israel.
Upon arrival in Israel, they underwent medical tests and were found in good condition. Only one of the men involved in the raid was slightly injured. Marman and Har are both Israelis with dual Argentine nationality who had been kidnapped in Kibbutz Nir Yiyzhak during a violent Hamas attack on October 7 along with Clara Marman, sister of Fernando; companion of Louis; Gabriela Marman; her 17-year-old daughter Mia Leimberg; and three other men who managed to free themselves but were killed by mistake by Israeli soldiers during another dramatic episode.
The successful liberation is only one of two operations since August when an earlier operation resulted in killing an Israeli hostage while another failed due to miscommunication between different groups leading to mistaken targeting resulting in killing three innocent people. This mission marks a significant victory for Israel as it allows them to reunite families torn apart by terrorist attacks without losing any more lives.