Date: February 12, 2024 Time: 10:42:12
The hostages are Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, who were captured 128 days ago during the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, CNN reported. Both are in good condition and have been taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, the IDF said. According to an IDF spokesperson, the joint operation was carried out together with the Israel Security Agency and the Israel Police.
Both hostages were kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, one of several kibbutzim near the Gaza border that were attacked by Hamas on October 7, leaving around 1,200 people dead and more than 240 taken hostage.
News of the hostages’ release came as Rafah came under Israeli fire. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said on Monday that recent airstrikes had killed more than 60 people and that the city was under “heavy shelling.” According to the Rafah municipality, at least two mosques and more than ten houses were attacked on Monday. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed on Monday that they carried out a “series of attacks” against targets in the Shabura area of the Rafah district. “The attacks have ended,” the IDF said in a statement.
Rafah is home to more than 1.3 million people, most of them displaced from other parts of Gaza, according to the UN. Rafah is the last major settlement in the Gaza Strip not occupied by Israeli troops. Meanwhile, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, more than 28,000 people have died in Gaza since the start of the war. More than 67,600 people were injured and thousands more were missing and presumed dead.