The Israeli army said Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, the two Argentinians released in Rafah, southern Gaza, early Monday morning, are in “good medical condition.” Israel confirmed there was “air cover and a wave of attacks” to accompany the recapture of prisoners, in an operation that left at least 67 dead, according to a spokesperson for the Hamas-run Health Ministry.
This comes after warnings from the international community about Israel’s planned offensive against the city, where 1.5 million people are taking refuge.
Lots of tears and hugs
The freed hostages, presumably brothers-in-law, were received by their families. Speaking from outside the hospital, family member Edan Begerano said of the reunion: “There were lots of tears, hugs and few words… we were very happy to see them.”
Louis Har and Fernando Simon Marman appear embracing their family members in a new image released this Monday.
— Bring them home now (@bringhomenow) February 12, 2024
Take them home nowa group of family and friends of the hostages taken by Hamas posted the image on social media, welcoming the couple home.
“We are happy to have him here with us. We will continue to demand the return of the 134 hostages,” the group said.
The Israeli ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, shared the same image and described the rescue as “a moment of triumph and relief.”
“This is a testament to our unwavering determination to #BringThemHomeNow,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
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