Footage shows hostage telling rescuing commandos he was ‘shocked’ to see them

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Footage from the IDF's hostage rescue operation on February 12, 2024. (Screen capture)
Footage from the IDF's hostage rescue operation on February 12, 2024. (Screen capture)

The IDF releases new footage from the hostage rescue operation in southern Gaza’s Rafah overnight, showing special forces coming under fire, and the moments when the Navy’s Shayetet 13 commando unit accompanied Fernando Marman and Louis Har to a helipad in the Strip.

“The hostages are in our hands. There is gunfire against the force,” an officer is heard saying over the radio.

“The force has begun movement on the axis. The force is heading out,” another officer is heard saying, as footage shows a convoy of armored personnel carriers driving in Gaza.

Footage from one of the APCs shows Shayetet 13 commandos asking Marman and Har how they are, shortly after they were rescued by the Shin Bet and the police’s Yamam unit.

“In shock,” one of them replies.

“Do you feel good?” an officer asks Har, who responds: “Excellent.”

The naval commandos give the pair coats to wear before they head out to the helipad.

One of the soldiers also gave Har his own shoes, as Har was extracted barefoot, and is seen tying the shoelaces for the former captive in the video.

The soldiers also offer water bottles to the pair and ask if they need a blanket for warmth.

The two hostages then boarded a helicopter in Gaza, which took them to Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan, where they are currently listed in good condition.

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