Argentina’s hostages kidnapped by Hamas have been released in a night mission carried out by Israeli forces. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced the release of the two Argentines, Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har, who had been kidnapped since October 7 by the terrorist group Hamas. The Argentine Government learned of the information through diplomatic sources and made a publication on President Javier Milei’s Twitter account.
The IDF carried out a joint operation with Shin Bet, Israel Defense Forces, and special police forces to rescue the hostages in Rafah, Gaza Strip, where Israel is currently engaged in a strong offensive against Hamas. According to Israeli press reports, the operation began with dozens of airstrikes against Hamas’ Shabura battalion to prevent them from understanding the true objective of rescuing the hostages. Both Marman and Har were taken by military helicopter to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan.
Hamas had previously released two relatives of the Argentines 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.
Israeli air force attacked when Hamas militants tried to intercept the rescuers. Other Argentines remain hostages in Gaza, including baby Kfir Bibas and his family members Ariel and his parents Karina Engelbert and her two daughters Mika and Yuval Angel. These four are among many innocent people held captive by Hamas terrorists in Gaza Strip. During his visit to Israel last month, President Javier Milei reiterated his request for their release and condemned Hamas terrorism.