Guefen Sigal Ilan, an Israeli with Argentinian citizenship, is thrilled that her uncle, Fernando Simón Marman, was rescued from a Hamas hideout by Israeli forces. Fernando was one of two Argentines who were saved along with Norberto Louis Har, Guefen’s mother’s boyfriend. Guefen believes that peace will come when all 134 hostages of the fundamentalist and terrorist group are released.
In a phone call with Clarín, Guefen shared her excitement about her uncle’s rescue. She also met with the head of the Argentine embassy in Tel Aviv, Francisco Tropepi, and Ambassador Eyal Sela in Buenos Aires to express her hopes for the release of the remaining hostages.
Guefen was able to visit her uncle and Louis at the hospital in Tel Aviv where rescued hostages undergo check-ups and rehabilitation. She was happy to see them but also noticed their physical changes after being held captive for four months. Unfortunately, Fernando and Louis did not provide many details about their captivity, but Guefen expressed her gratitude to the Israeli National Security Service for their efforts in the rescue operation. She also mentioned that there are still 134 people waiting to be released and hopes for negotiations to bring about their freedom.
Guefen recounted that both Fernando and Louis were held captive along with her aunt, mother, and cousin but were separated from them when they were released. They did not see any other hostages during their captivity. Guefen expressed her gratitude for the soldiers and the Israeli National Security Service for rescuing her uncle and Louis. She also acknowledged the sacrifices made by the soldiers in the operation and hopes for their safe return soon.