Israeli safety forces stated early Monday that they’d rescued two hostages who had been being held within the southern Gazan metropolis of Rafah, in one of many few examples of a profitable hostage rescue in Gaza because the begin of the conflict.
The hostages, Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, had been present process checks at a hospital in Tel Aviv and had been each in good situation, in line with a joint assertion from the Israeli army, the police and the home safety company, Shin Wager.
“Fernando and Louis, welcome house,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an announcement. “I salute our courageous fighters for the daring motion that led to their launch.”
The army’s assertion in regards to the hostage rescue was issued across the identical time that it stated it had performed a “wave” of assaults on Rafah, a crowded metropolis on the border with Egypt the place greater than 1,000,000 Palestinian refugees are anxiously anticipating an Israeli floor invasion. The army stated later that the strikes had been a diversion to allow its troopers to free the hostages. The Gazan well being ministry stated that the strikes had killed no less than 67 Palestinians.
Mr. Marman and Mr. Har had been amongst greater than 240 folks captured throughout the shock Oct. 7 raid on southern Israel by Hamas and different militant teams, which later prompted Israel to retaliate with large airstrikes and a floor invasion in Gaza. The assertion stated the 2 males had been captured from Nir Yitzhak, close to the Gaza border. No different particulars had been instantly obtainable.
Israel has been discussing plans to ship troops into Rafah, whilst support teams, the United Nations and america have warned that the folks sheltering there have nowhere to go. Egypt has to date refused to soak up Palestinian refugees.
About 100 of the hostages taken in October had been launched throughout a weeklong cease-fire final November. Final week, The New York Occasions reported that Israeli intelligence officers had concluded that no less than 30 of the remaining 136 hostages had died because the begin of the conflict. Earlier than Monday’s operation, Israeli forces had stated they rescued no less than one hostage.
Hostages’ households have been urgent Israel to prioritize negotiations for his or her launch. Final week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly rejected Hamas’s newest proposal of one other pause in combating that may permit for a few of the hostages being held by the militants to be launched.
However Israeli officers have additionally signaled that their authorities was nonetheless open to negotiation, and Mr. Netanyahu stated in an interview televised on Sunday that his authorities was engaged on a plan to evacuate folks from Rafah.
Requested throughout the interview with ABC Information how lots of the remaining hostages had been nonetheless alive, Mr. Netanyahu stated, “Sufficient to warrant the sort of efforts that we’re doing.”
“We’re going to strive do our greatest to get all those that are alive again and, frankly, the our bodies of the lifeless,” he added.