IDF carries out daring raid to free kidnapped Israelis in Gaza

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

A daring raid by Israeli forces resulted in the liberation of two hostages, Fernando Marman and Louis Har, from their captors in the south of the Gaza Strip. The operation involved intelligence services, elite units, and air forces, and lasted an hour and a half.

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). 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.

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

Around 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. After undergoing medical tests, they were found in good condition and were able to hug their families again. Only one person involved in the raid was slightly injured.

The two hostages are Israelis with dual Argentine nationality who had been kidnapped during a violent Hamas attack on October 7 along with Clara Marman (62), sister of Fernando Marman’s first; companion of Louis Har’s second; Gabriela (67), sister of both men; Mia Leimberg (17), daughter of Gabriela’s third sister. This is only one of several recent incidents involving kidnappings in Gaza where innocent people have been caught up in violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

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