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Israeli forces rescue 2 hostages in Gaza raid

67 Palestinians killed in airstrikes aimed to assist troops

Israeli forces rescue 2 hostages in Gaza raid

Hostages Fernando Simon Marman (right) and Louis Har (second from left) hug relatives after being rescued at Ramat Gan in Israel. AP/PTI



Rafah, February 12

Israeli forces rescued two hostages early Monday, storming a heavily guarded apartment in the Gaza Strip and extracting the captives under fire in a dramatic raid that was a small but symbolically significant success for Israel. The operation killed at least 67 Palestinians, including women and children, according to Palestinian health officials in the beleaguered territory.

Special operation

  • Special forces broke into a second-floor apartment in Rafah under fire at 1.49 am on Monday, accompanied a minute later by airstrikes on surrounding areas
  • The hostages were being guarded by armed Hamas militants. Rescue team members got hold of the hostages and shielded them with their bodies as heavy battle erupted

To assist the rescue forces, heavy airstrikes pounded the area near the apartment in Rafah, a city on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip where 1.4 million Palestinians have fled to escape fighting elsewhere in the Israel-Hamas war.

The raid was celebrated in Israel as a victory in the sluggish battle to free the hostages, with more than 100 captives still held by Hamas and other Gaza militants, and briefly lifted the spirits of a nation still reeling from Hamas’ cross-border raid last year.

Israel has described Rafah as the last remaining Hamas stronghold in Gaza and signalled that its ground offensive may soon target the densely populated city.

The army identified the rescued hostages as Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, abducted by Hamas militants from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak in the Oct. 7 cross-border attack that triggered the war. Netanyahu’s office said they also hold Argentinian citizenship. They were among roughly 250 taken captive during Hamas’ stunning cross-border raid, when an estimated 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed. — Reuters

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