Israeli military rescued two Israeli-Argentinian hostages On Monday, February 12, 2024. Simon Marman, 60 and Louis Hare, 70 were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, 2023, they are among 250 hostages who were seized.
They were on the second floor of an apartment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip which saw a heavy exchange of gunfire and coincided with airstrikes on surrounding areas to allow the military forces to get out safely with the hostages according to an article published by BBC news on February 12, 2024.
The two hostages were kidnapped from a home with three of their relatives who were freed in late November as a temporary cease-fire deal that led to Hamas freeing some of the hostages in exchange for Israel freeing some Palestinian prisoners. There are no other family members of theirs still in Gaza according to an article published by CNBC on February 12, 2024.
The hostages were taken to Sheba Medical Center in central Israel. Their medical condition was reported to be good. They are the second and third hostages to be rescued safely after a female soldier was rescued in November.
Daniel Hagari Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson said “The operation was based on precise intelligence and was planned for some time, but rescuers were waiting for the right moment to act”
A report from a Hamas-run ministry that around 100 people were killed in an Israeli military raid in Rafah while another report said at least 50 Palestinians were killed according to local hospital officials.
There are 1.4 million Palestinians who fled to Rafah to escape the war between Israel and Hamas in other parts of Gaza.
On Sunday the White House told US President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel should not start a Military operation in Rafah without a “credible and executable plan” to ensure the safety of the roughly 1 million people sheltering there.
US President Joe Biden expressed in a private conversation his frustration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and he even called him an “Asshole” in three recent instances according to an article published by NBC News on February 12, 2024.
President Biden expressed frustration to people including campaign donors that he is not able to persuade Israel to change its military tactics in Gaza.
President Biden is disappointed by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s rejection of deals that the US president thinks are a win for Israel, such as Saudi normalization in exchange for a political pathway toward a Palestinian state.
The sources say President Biden thinks that Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to extend the war to stay in power according to an article published by NBC News on February 12, 2024.
Edited by: Megha Siddapura Manjunatha
Image: BBC News
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