Israel announced this Monday, February 12, that it had released two hostages in Rafah, the final target of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, where the ruling Hamas reported 52 Palestinians killed during this nighttime operation.
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■ Israel announced on Monday having freed two hostages in Rafah, the final target of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, where the ruling Hamas reported 52 Palestinians killed during this nighttime operation. the strikes on the night of Sunday to Monday were part not of the launch of this offensive, but of an operation to recover two hostages kidnapped on October 7 during the unprecedented attack by Hamas fighters in the south of Israel, starting point of this war.
■ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the army to develop a plan to evacuate civilians from Rafahwhere he plans to launch a “ massive operation » and defeat the last battalions of Hamas. After Gaza City, then Khan Younes, Israel is now targeting a ground operation in this city adjoining Egypt, in the far south of the Gaza Strip, as part of its military offensive against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
■ The American president Joe Biden urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “ guarantee security » of the Palestinian population while several states have warned of a “ humanitarian disaster » in the event of an assault on the overpopulated city. In an interview with the American channel ABC, Benyamin Netanyahu affirmed that the Israeli army would ensure a “ secure passage » before the planned assault on Rafah.
■ According to the latest report from the Hamas Ministry of Health, communicated this Sunday, February 11, 28 176 people were killed in Gaza since the start of the war on October 7, 2023. It reported a total of 112 deaths in the last 24 hours. The victims are mostly women, adolescents and children. We also count 67,784 injured.
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The Office of the President recognizes the Israeli Defense Forces, and Shabak and the Israeli Police culminate with the rescue of Argentinians Fernando Simon Marman (60) and Louis Har (70), who were sequestered by the 7th of October by the group…
— Oficina del Presidente (@OPRArgentina) February 12, 2024
5:10 a.m.: Two Israeli hostages freed during nighttime operation in Rafah
Israel announced on Monday that it had released two hostages in Rafah, the final target of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, where the ruling Hamas reported 52 Palestinians killed during this nighttime operation. Hamas warned on Sunday that such an offensive “ would torpedo » any agreement for the release of the hostages he still holds in Gaza. But Israel affirmed that the strikes on the night of Sunday to Monday were not part of the launch of this offensive, but of an operation to recover two hostages kidnapped on October 7 during the unprecedented attack by Hamas fighters. in southern Israel, the starting point of this war.
“ Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, were recovered during a night operation in Rafah carried out jointly by the army, the Shin Beth (Internal security) and the Israeli police », According to a press release from these three services. Abducted from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, the two men were taken to the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan for initial medical examinations. “ They are in stable condition », Arnon Afek, the director of the establishment, told the press. “ Three terrorists were killed in the building where they were detained “, according to an initial assessment by the Israeli army, which had previously limited itself to confirming that it had ” carried out a series of raids against terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip “.