Two elderly men were rescued from Hamas by the IDF.
Hamas invaded Israel on Oct 7 and there are still people who were kidnapped that day in the hands of Hamas terrorists.
Hamas invaded Israel on Oct 7 of last year and killed over 1200 and kidnapped hundreds more. This past weekend two individuals kidnapped by Hamas were rescued by the IDF.
In a joint operation by the Shin Bet, IDF and the Yamam National Counter-Terrorism Unit unit, kidnapped Israelis Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har,70, were rescued alive in an overnight mission in Rafah, Gaza. The two were among those kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Yitzchak on October 7th.
The US, Egypt and the international community have been trying to prevent the IDF from operating in Rafah. On Sunday, US President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that “that a military operation in Rafah should not proceed without a credible and executable plan for ensuring the safety of and support for the more than one million people sheltering there.” Netanyahu made it clear that Hamas cannot be eliminated if Hamas battalion are left in Rafah, and that Hamas will be eliminated.
IDF spokesman, Brigadier General Daniel Hagari, released some details from the operation [translated]:
Tonight we carried out a successful rescue operation in which we rescued Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har who were kidnapped from Nir Yitzhak (the Leimberg-Har family). They are in good condition. They are currently undergoing medical tests at Sheba Medical Center. Both were held by Hamas in Rafah.
The operation was managed by the Shin Bet’s Special Operations Command and was carried out by Yamam fighters and the Shin Bet’s operational unit.
The IDF and Shin Bet have been working on this operation for an extended period of time. Until now, the conditions were not available to carry it out, so they waited until the conditions were presented themselves. The operation was very complex in reaching the destination in Rafah. The forces arrived at the target secretly around 1:00 in the morning, and carried out a very complex operation on a building complex – on the second floor where the abductees were held. It was covert operation with disguises, large air cover, and detailed intelligence.
When the forces got there – they breached the building, there were armed guards in the nearby houses, inside the house were 3 terrorists who were guarding the hostages.
The forces stormed into the building, breaching the locked door on the second floor with explosives. They entered the building, pulled the two adult hostages (61 and 70 years old) out of the building. A shootout took place on the spot, fire was launched from the air, fire was opened from the nearby buildings. The Air Force attacked – there are many terrorists who were killed tonight in this operation. In the action there is one Israeli fighter who was slightly injured, beyond that – there are no casualties to our forces.
Israel was overrun by Hamas terrorists on Oct 7. Thousands were killed, taken hostage or kidnapped. The attack went on for hours before the Israeli military was able to kill or capture the Hamas terrorists who remained in Israel. Since then Israel has systematically conquered sections of Gaza in its effort to destroy Hamas. Many have died due to this terrorist action.