Two Argentine hostages held by the Hamas terrorist group were released in a daring night mission carried out by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Shabak, Israel’s secret service. Official information confirmed that both are in good health. The Argentine government was informed of the rescue through diplomatic sources and President Javier Milei made a public statement thanking the IDF, Shabak, and Israeli Police for their success.
Marman and Har were among the more than 240 hostages taken by Hamas in their attack on October 7, which resulted in the murder of over 1,200 people in Israeli territory. Since then, Israel has been engaged in a tough battle against Hamas in Gaza Strip. The war conflict has already claimed more than 26,000 lives according to Palestinian health organizations.
The operation to free Marman and Har began with dozens of airstrikes against Hamas’ Shabura battalion to prevent them from understanding the true objective of rescuing the hostages. Two relatives of the Argentines had previously been released 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, who was also kidnapped by Hamas and later released at the end of November.
The kibbutz of Nir Yitzchak stands on one of Israel’s richest agricultural areas and is estimated to have been the site of around 60 murders by Hamas on October 7. According to reports, there were Hamas terrorists around when Israeli special forces entered the building where Marman and Har were being held captive. The Israeli air force attacked when Hamas militants tried to intercept the rescuers, resulting in their successful rescue by military helicopter.
Other Argentines remain hostages in Gaza, including baby Kfir Bibas, his two parents Ariel and his little brother Ariel Bibas. At the end of November, Hamas freed six captives of Argentine origin who were held in Gaza. This includes Karina Engelbert and her two daughters Mika and Yuval Angel (18 and 10 years old), respectively; as well as Sharon Cunio (of Israeli nationality) married to an Argentinean plus her two daughters Julie and Emma Cunio (both three years old). Rafah is located on Gaza’s border with Egypt but is home to over one million Palestinians who are internally displaced due to conflict-related issues that have worsened their situation since Israel’s attacks on Gaza Strip earlier this month.