The rescue of Israeli hostages Fernando Marman and Louis Har from the south of Gaza Strip was a daring operation that involved intelligence services, elite units, and air forces. Coordinated by the Shin Bet’s internal intelligence services, the mission lasted an hour and a half.
At 01:49, Israeli forces launched a raid on the apartment where the hostages were being held with explosives. The three captors were immediately killed, and the special forces shielded the hostages with their bodies. Afterwards, Hamas men opened fire from nearby buildings while the Israeli air force bombed Hamas military sites and command centers.
The escape was covered by the Shayetet 13 commando of the navy and the 7th Armored Brigade. An hour after being pulled from the apartment, Marman and Har were taken out of Rafah in armored vehicles before being put on a helicopter that took them to Israel. Upon arrival, they underwent medical tests before being reunited with their families. Only one of those involved in the raid sustained minor injuries.
Marman and Har were both Israelis with dual Argentine nationality who had been kidnapped during a violent Hamas attack on Kibbutz Nir Yiyzhak on October 7. They were kidnapped alongside Clara Marman (62), sister of Fernando; companion of Louis; Gabriela (68), sister of Clara; and Mia Leimberg (17), daughter of Gabriela. This was only the second successful operation since the beginning of war to free hostages in Gaza Strip, despite several failed attempts resulting in fatalities or injuries for both sides.