2 hostages rescued in Gaza raid that killed dozens of Palestinians

Source: The Hill | February 12, 2024 | Lauren Sforza

The Israeli military said it rescued two hostages being held in Gaza in a raid early Monday that reportedly killed dozens of Palestinians.

Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), said in a statement that Israeli forces carried out the raid at 1:49 a.m. local time in the heavily populated city of Rafah, where evacuations had been ordered just days before. Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, were rescued from the “civilian building” where they were being held, Hagari said.

“This rescue mission underscores the importance of our ground operation in Gaza. We have a moral obligation to bring all our hostages home, an obligation that we will continue doing everything in our power to fulfill,” Hagari said.

The IDF said both hostages were in good medical condition and transferred for further evaluation in Israel. About 250 people were captured by Hamas militants during the Oct. 7 attack on Israel in which 1,200 people were killed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the hostages home in a statement on Monday and praised the military’s actions.

“I salute our brave fighters for the daring action that led to their release. Only continued military pressure, until total victory, will bring the release of all our hostages. We will not miss any opportunity to bring them home,” he said.


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