Two Argentines, Ferdinand Marman and Louis Hartwo, were finally rescued by Israel from the clutches of Hamas during a daring night mission in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out the operation in the early hours of Monday morning, releasing both men who had been kidnapped since last October 7.
The Argentine government was informed of the release through diplomatic sources and made it official this morning. President Javier Milei thanked the IDF, Shabak, and Israeli Police for their efforts in rescuing the two hostages. He also reiterated his request for the release of all Argentine hostages held by Hamas and condemned their terrorism.
The two men were part of a group of more than 240 hostages taken by Hamas during an attack on October 7 that resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 people. Since then, Israel has fought a tough battle against Hamas in Gaza, with over 26,000 people killed according to Palestinian health organizations.
The IDF carried out a joint operation with Shin Bet and special police forces to rescue Marman and Har from their apartment on the second floor of a heavily guarded building in Rafah. The special forces entered the building and were met with resistance from Hamas terrorists. The Israeli air force attacked when Hamas militants tried to intercept them.
Marman and Har were taken by military helicopter to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan where they are now receiving medical attention. Other Argentines remain hostage in Gaza, including baby Kfir Bibas, his two parents and his little brother Ariel. Six captives of Argentine origin were freed at the end of November during an exchange of hostages between Hamas and Israel. These included Karina Engelbert and her two daughters, Mika and Yuval Angel, 18 and 10 years old respectively; as well as Sharon Cunio, an Israeli national married to an Argentinean plus her two daughters Julie and Emma Cunio both three years old.