134 people are still being held captive by the terrorist group Hamas, but Guefen Sigal Ilan is overjoyed to hear that her uncle, Fernando Simón Marman, was rescued by Israeli forces. Fernando was one of two Argentines who were rescued, along with Norberto Louis Har, who is Guefen’s mother’s boyfriend.
In a telephone conversation with Clarín, Guefen shared her excitement at her uncle’s rescue. She also met with the head of the Argentine embassy in Tel Aviv and Ambassador Eyal Sela in Buenos Aires to express her hopes for the release of all hostages.
Guefen was able to visit her uncle and Louis at the hospital in Tel Aviv where they were taken for check-ups and rehabilitation after their rescue. While she was happy to see them, she also noticed physical changes from their four months in captivity. Unfortunately, Fernando and Louis did not provide many details about their experience but expressed their gratitude to the Israeli National Security Service for their efforts in rescuing them.
Guefen recounted that both Fernando and Louis were held captive along with her aunt, mother, and cousin but were separated from them when they were released. They did not see any other hostages during their captivity.
Guefen thanked the soldiers and Israeli National Security Service for rescuing her uncle and Louis and acknowledged the sacrifices made by the soldiers in the operation. She expressed hope for negotiations to bring about the safe return of all hostages so that they can be reunited with their families.