Guefen Sigal Ilan, a young Israeli with Argentinian citizenship, is overjoyed that her uncle, Fernando Simón Marman, was rescued from a Hamas hideout by Israeli forces. Fernando was one of the two Argentines rescued, along with Norberto Louis Har, who is Guefen’s mother’s boyfriend.
In a telephone conversation with Clarín, Guefen shared her happiness at her uncle’s rescue and met with the head of the Argentine embassy in Tel Aviv, Francisco Tropepi, and Ambassador Eyal Sela in Buenos Aires to express her hopes for the release of the remaining hostages.
Guefen was able to greet her uncle and Louis at the hospital in Tel Aviv, where rescued hostages are taken for check-ups and rehabilitation. She was happy to see them but also noted their physical changes after being held captive for four months.
Unfortunately, Fernando and Louis did not provide many details about their captivity but expressed their gratitude to the Israeli National Security Service for their efforts in the rescue operation. They also mentioned that there are still 134 people waiting to be released and hoped for negotiations to bring about their freedom.
Guefen recounted that both Fernando and Louis were held captive along with her aunt, mother, and cousin but were separated from them when they were released. They did not see any other hostages during their captivity.
Guefen expressed her gratitude for the soldiers and the Israeli National Security Service for rescuing her uncle and Louis. She also acknowledged the sacrifices made by the soldiers in the operation and hoped for a safe return of all hostages held by Hamas. She said that she would continue to advocate for peace until all hostages were freed.