Dozens reportedly killed in Israeli hostage rescue mission

Israel’s military carried out a rescue mission early Monday that saved two hostages but reportedly resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinians.

The Israel Defense Forces’s operation resulted in the rescue of Fernando Simon Merman, 60, and Luis Har, 70, both of whom are dual Israeli-Argentine citizens and were kidnapped during the Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel.

“Early in the morning, at 01:49, the special forces broke into a building in Rafah. There on the second floor, Luis and Fernando were held by armed Hamas terrorists who were in the building and terrorists who were in the neighboring buildings,” IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a statement. “This is an operation that we have been preparing for for some time, the necessary preparations have been made and we have been waiting for the
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