Two Israeli hostages have been rescued alive during a joint IDF and Israel Police operation in Rafah overnight, military and security officials have announced.
The hostages were identified as Fernando Simon Marman (60) and Louis Har (70), who were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7th from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak.
Initial reports suggest they were being held by Hamas terrorists on the second floor of a Rafah building when they were rescued by Shayetet-13 commandos who snuck into the structure, which was surrounded by Hamas fighters. An Israel Air Force helicopter reportedly fired upon terrorists who attempted to stop the rescue forces and hostages from exiting. The entire operation took approximately an hour.
They are both in good medical condition, and were transferred for medical examination at the Sheba Tel Hashomer hospital, officials said.
“Security forces will continue to operate with all means in order to return the hostages home,” they added.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)