Israeli safety forces stated early Monday that that they had rescued two hostages who have been being held within the southern Gazan metropolis of Rafah, in one of many few examples of a profitable hostage rescue in Gaza because the begin of the warfare.
The hostages, Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, have been present process assessments at a hospital in Tel Aviv and have been each in good situation, in line with a joint assertion from the Israeli navy, the police and the home safety company, Shin Guess.
The assertion was issued across the similar time that Israel stated it had conducted a “wave” of attacks on Rafah, a crowded metropolis on the border with Egypt the place greater than 1,000,000 Palestinian refugees are anxiously expecting an Israeli ground invasion. The navy stated later that the strikes, which native information retailers stated killed at the least a dozen individuals, had been a diversion to allow its troopers to free the hostages.
Mr. Marman and Mr. Har have been amongst greater than 240 individuals captured during the surprise Oct. 7 raid on southern Israel by Hamas and different militant teams, which later prompted Israel to retaliate with large airstrikes and a floor invasion in Gaza. The assertion stated the 2 males had been captured from Nir Yitzhak, close to the Gaza border. No different particulars have been instantly out there.
Israel has been discussing plans to ship troops into Rafah, at the same time as assist teams, the United Nations and the US have warned that the people sheltering there have nowhere to go. Egypt has thus far refused to take in Palestinian refugees.
About 100 of the hostages taken in October have been launched throughout a weeklong cease-fire final yr. Final week, The New York Times reported that Israeli intelligence officers had concluded that at the least 30 of the remaining 136 hostages had died because the begin of the warfare. Earlier than Monday’s operation, Israeli forces had stated they rescued at the least one hostage.
Hostages’ households have been urgent Israel to prioritize negotiations for his or her launch. Final week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly rejected Hamas’s newest proposal of one other pause in combating that will enable for a number of the hostages being held by the militants to be launched.
However Israeli officers have also signaled that their authorities was nonetheless open to negotiation, and Mr. Netanyahu said in an interview televised on Sunday that his authorities was engaged on a plan to evacuate individuals from Rafah.
Requested in the course of the interview with ABC Information how most of the remaining hostages have been nonetheless alive, Mr. Netanyahu stated, “Sufficient to warrant the type of efforts that we’re doing.”
“We’re going to attempt do our greatest to get all those that are alive again and, frankly, the our bodies of the useless,” he added.