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Intelligence, Elite Forces, and Air Power: The Rescue of Israeli Hostages in Gaza


Feb 13, 2024
The background of Israel’s release of two hostages in a raid on Rafah that lasted an hour and a half

The rescue mission for Israeli hostages Fernando Marman, 61, and Louis Har, 70, in the south of Gaza Strip involved intelligence services, elite units, and air forces. The entire operation was coordinated by a war room of the Shin Bet’s internal intelligence services.

The raid involved elite units of the Yamam counter-terrorism unit of the police, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). At 01:49, Israeli forces raided the apartment where the hostages were being held with explosives. The three captors were immediately killed, and the special forces shielded the hostages with their bodies.

The operation also involved ensuring the return of the hostages to Israel. After the special forces raid, Hamas men opened fire from nearby buildings while the Israeli air force went into action bombing Hamas military sites and command centers. The escape was covered by the Shayetet 13 commando of the navy and the 7th Armored Brigade.

About an hour after being pulled from their apartment complexes in Rafah City’s central district on November 25th, Marman and Har were taken out in armored vehicles before being put on a helicopter that took them back to Israel. After undergoing medical tests at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, both men were found to be in good condition and were able to hug their families again. Only one of those involved in this raid sustained minor injuries.

The two hostages kidnapped together with Clara Marman (62) sister of Fernando Marman and companion of Louis Har during a violent Hamas attack on October 7th have been released after an hour-and-a-half long rescue mission involving intelligence services and elite units from various agencies including Shin Bet’s internal intelligence services war room coordination center which directed all operations on site as well as IDF soldiers who provided cover fire for rescue operations by helicopters like Shayetet 13 commando navy commandos or 7th Armored Brigade armor brigade units providing close protection for rescue operations at Rafah City’s central district area where they lived since early morning hours until late evening hours when they were rescued from their apartments located near Gaza border fence line where they had been held captive since October 7th when they were kidnapped together with other family members during a violent attack on Kibbutz Nir Yiyzhak by Hamas militants causing mass casualties among innocent civilians leading to international condemnation against Israel for its actions against Palestinian people living in Gaza Strip region known as “Occupied Palestine”.

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