Israeli Forces Rescue Two Hostages in Rafah; Palestinians Killed

February 12, 2024

We will continue to make every possible effort to bring all the hostages home.

Israeli Defense Forces Spokesperson, Daniel Hagari, said in a press briefing on Monday regarding the rescue of two Israeli hostages.

What To Know: According to Israeli security forces, two hostages, ages 60 and 70, were rescued from the Gazan city of Rafah early Monday after forces raided a second-floor guarded apartment. The former hostages are both in good condition as they undergo tests in a hospital near Tel Aviv.

The Israeli military conducted a wave of strikes in Rafah intended “to divert attention as soldiers successfully freed two hostages” (The New York Times). According to the AP, the operation killed at least 67 Palestinians.

Big Picture These are the second and third hostages to be rescued safely. One other female soldier was rescued in November, dozens of hostages were freed in a November ceasefire, and three hostages were accidentally killed by Israeli forces in December. Israel says Hamas still holds around 100 hostages.

Important Context Regarding Rafah: More than one million Palestinians have fled to Rafah in recent weeks to seek safety from military action up north. Israel said they might target the city soon. The White House warns against this without a “credible and executable” plan that protects civilians.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed Hamas’ proposal for a ceasefire.

Read More:

Israel Says It Rescued 2 Hostages From Rafah (The New York Times)

Israeli forces rescue 2 hostages in dramatic Gaza raid that killed at least 67 Palestinians (AP News)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas