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‘The diamonds are in our hands’: New details emerge on hostage rescue operation

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

Palestinians inspect the damage on a building where two hostages were reportedly held before being rescued during an operation by Israeli security forces in Rafah, the southern Gaza Strip on February 12, 2024 (SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Palestinians inspect the damage on a building where two hostages were reportedly held before being rescued during an operation by Israeli security forces in Rafah, the southern Gaza Strip on February 12, 2024 (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

New details emerge from the rescue operation of two hostages in southern Gaza’s Rafah overnight.

Within a minute of special forces breaching the building where Fernando Simon Marman and Norberto Louis Har were being held and killing the three Hamas terrorists guarding them, they called over the radio: “The diamonds are in our hands.”

At that stage the Israeli Air Force began to strike targets in the area to provide the special forces cover to extract the two hostages.

They were then taken in armored vehicles quickly to a makeshift helipad deep inside Gaza, where a chopper took them to Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan, wrapping up the entire operation within an hour.

The operation was planned weeks in advance, with plans for various scenarios.

During the actual operation, some adjustments were made based on the conditions on the ground.

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