Two Argentine men, Ferdinand Marman and Louis Norberto Hartwo, were rescued from Israeli territory by the IDF in a night mission. Official reports indicate that both are in good health. The President of Argentina thanked the Israeli Defense Forces, Shabak, and Israeli Police for their efforts in rescuing the men. Marman and Hartwo were among more than 240 hostages taken by Hamas in an attack on Israeli territory, resulting in over 26,000 deaths as a result of the conflict.
The IDF, Israel’s secret service, and special police forces worked together to free the two Hamas hostages. As part of an exchange agreement, two hostages were released before Marman and Hartwo were kidnapped while visiting Argentine hostages at a kibbutz in Israel. A joint operation between Israeli and American forces resulted in their rescue from a heavily guarded building.
In response to attempts to intercept the rescue operation, Hamas was attacked by the Israeli air force. Two Israeli hostages were rescued during this attack, but other Argentines remain held by Hamas in Gaza along with many others. The Prime Minister of Israel and his defense minister are engaged with the international community over the Israeli advance on Rafah as they continue their efforts to secure peace and stability in the region.