Two Israelis taken hostage by Hamas militants during the group's devastating October 7 attacks were rescued during a night mission in Rafah, a Palestinian town in the southern Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli military.
In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said they successfully rescued the men, identifying them as Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70. The men were kidnapped in a surprise attack on the border of Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak on October 7.
The men are “in good medical condition and have been transferred for further medical examination to Israel,” the statement said.
The rescue came as Israel intensified its attacks in the Rafah region, which borders Egypt. Gaza's health ministry, controlled by Hamas, told the AFP that recent strikes killed 52 people, while 14 houses and three mosques were also hit.
The Israeli army wrote on Telegram on Sunday that it had engaged in a “series of strikes against terrorist targets” but had now ended its operation.
The strikes came in defiance of an earlier warning from Hamas, which told AFP that targeting Rafah – an area populated by Gazan civilians fleeing the carnage – would “torpedo” hostage negotiations.
Israel also ignored the call of President Joe Biden, who, in a call with Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, “reaffirmed his view that a military operation in Rafah should not take place without a credible and enforceable plan to ensuring the safety and support of more than one.” millions of people who find refuge there,” the White House said. said.