The two hostages rescued today by security forces Israel In Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, Argentine-Israelis Fernando Simón Marman, 61, and Norberto Luis Har, 70, are in good health, in “stable condition”, said the Sheba hospital where they were treated after their departure.
“I am very happy to announce that this evening the two freed hostages landed here, at the Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital in Israel, where They were received at the emergency room and our team performed initial examinations.”, reported Dr. Arnon Afek, director of the hospital.
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“They are in stable condition and being treated.”“He added that the two hostages, who are brothers-in-law, emigrated when they were young to Israel from Argentina, and were kidnapped together on October 7th, in the kibbutz Nir Yitshaknear the Strip.
In a statement, the families of both hostages said they were “very excited” about their return after 129 days in captivity. but they asked for privacy and time for both to adapt to the new reality.
Fernando Simón Marman and Norberto Luis Har They were taken hostage along with Clara Marman, 62 years old, Fernando’s sister and Norberto’s companion; as well as his sister, Gabriela Leimberg, 59, and his daughter, Mia Leimberg, 17.
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Both the Leimbergs and Clara Marman were released on November 28 as part of a week-long temporary ceasefire agreement.negotiated by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel, a week of truce that allowed the exchange of 105 hostages for 240 Palestinian prisoners.
Mia Leimberg attracted media attention when she was released along with her dog Beautifulwho accompanied her during her kidnapping and captivity in Gaza strip.
“Fernando and Luis, welcome back home and a warm hug to the families. I reinforce and congratulate the soldiers and commanders of the Israeli security forces for the heroic operation in Rafa. “We will continue to do everything possible until all those kidnapped from the captivity of the murderous terrorist organization return,” said the Israeli Foreign Minister in a statement. Israel Katz.
This is the second successful hostage rescue achieved by Israel, after capturing soldier Ori Megidish alive in late October. When the ground operation began in Gaza Strip.
The president of Israel, Isaac Herzogalso congratulated the forces on the night operation in Rafah invoking the words of the medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides: “There is no greater mitzvah than the redemption of captives.”
“I salute everyone who brought Fernando and Luis home in a daring rescue operation. “We will continue to act by all means to return all hostages to their homes,” he added. Herzog.
In addition to the 3 hostages rescued alive – two today – and eleven bodies of kidnapped people who died in captivity, 110 were released by Hamas, 105 of them as part of the only truce agreement reached in November.
130 hostages kidnapped on October 7 remain inside the Strip, of which it is estimated that around thirty were dead; in addition to four prisoners that Hamas held for years in the enclave, which included two dead soldiers.
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