Shin Bet and IDF Successfully Rescue Two Argentinian Hostages from Hamas in Rafah Operation

February 12, 2024 - Reading time: ~1 minute

In an early morning operation on Monday, the Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet, along with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and special police forces, successfully rescued two Argentinian hostages held by Hamas in Rafah.

The mission began at 1:00 a.m., involving numerous airstrikes against Hamas's Shabura battalion to divert their attention from the true objective of rescuing the hostages, aged 61 and 70.

The two Argentinian hostages, Nir Yitzhak, Fernando Marman, and Louis Norbeto Har, were previously joined by two family members who had been released during a hostage exchange on November 23-30. Despite the operation being planned for some time, it was continuously postponed until Monday morning when it finally received approval.

The rescue took place in Rafah's heavily guarded compound, with additional guards present in an adjacent building. The Israeli forces entered the area covertly and used explosives, heavy fire, and precise intelligence about the hostages' location relative to their guards. This enabled them to save Marman and Har without Hamas being able to kill them first.

Following the successful rescue, a helicopter transported the two Argentinian men to Sheba Medical Center for treatment. They are reported to be in good condition, while one soldier sustained only minor injuries during the operation. The area of Rafah where this took place is close to Khan Yunis.

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