Here are some details on the two rescued hostages, Fernando Marman and Louis Har, from our previous reporting:
Marman, 61, was taken hostage from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak to Gaza by Hamas terrorists on October 7, along with his sister Clara Marman, 62, her partner Har, 70, their other sister Gabriela Leimberg, 59, and Gabriela’s daughter, Mia Leimberg, 17.
The Leimbergs and Clara Marman were released on November 28 as part of a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel.
Mia Leimberg gained some particular attention after it emerged that she had had her pet dog Bella with her for the duration of the captivity, and brought her back with her.
Marman and Har remained captive until this morning’s rescue.
Marman, along with his sister Gabriela and her daughter Mia, were visiting the kibbutz for the holiday weekend.
Clara, back in Israel, has said that all five were kept together, and at one point, they were moved in a small car to Rafah, “actually, very close to Nir Yitzhak.” When she, Gabriela and Mia were released, they were sure that Louis and Fernando would be released next.
“We can’t abandon them,” she said previously.
The extended family of five were hiding in their sealed room that morning, trying to keep the heavy door jammed shut with a chair. When the terrorists arrived and shouted at them to leave the room, they were sure they were about to be killed.
Marman, from Kfar Saba, is a handyman who often helped residents of the kibbutz with anything they needed fixed. Har has four children, 10 grandchildren and is a lover of theater.