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12th February 2024 By The Global Heroes Conflict

The Israeli military, along with the Shin Bet security service and a special police unit, conducted a daring rescue operation in Rafah, Gaza, freeing two Israeli-Argentine hostages held by Hamas militants. Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Hare, 70, were among the 250 people captured during a raid by Hamas on October 7, which escalated tensions and led to Israel's war on Gaza.

The rescue operation, while successful in freeing the hostages, resulted in the deaths of 67 Palestinians in Rafah, where approximately one million civilians had sought refuge from months of bombardments. The ongoing conflict has left much of the densely populated Gaza Strip in ruins, with thousands dead and tens of thousands wounded, according to Gaza health officials.

Despite international concern, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized the need for continued military pressure and brushed aside objections to Israel's plans for a ground assault on Rafah. Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has been increasingly vocal about urging Israel to avoid a ground offensive without a plan to protect civilians.

The scene in Rafah depicted a grim reality of destruction, with buildings reduced to rubble and countless lives lost. The toll on civilians, including children, has been devastating, with families torn apart and communities shattered.

The rescue operation was a culmination of meticulous planning and coordination, according to Israeli military spokesperson Lt Col. Richard Hecht. The Argentine government expressed gratitude for the rescue of its dual nationals, while relatives described the freed hostages as frail but in relatively good condition.

Despite the relief of their release, calls for a broader resolution to the conflict persist, with the remaining hostages still held captive. Edan Begerano, the son-in-law of one of the hostages, emphasized the urgency of reaching a deal between Israel and Hamas to secure the release of all hostages and bring an end to the ongoing crisis.

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