An anonymous U.S. official has revealed a covert operation that successfully rescued the mother and uncle of a U.S. service member from the Gaza Strip, a mission coordinated between the U.S., Israel, Egypt, and other unnamed groups. This operation is believed to be unprecedented since the onset of ground fighting in the region, as exiting the area has become increasingly dangerous and challenging.
Zahra Sckak, the mother of an American infantryman, and her brother-in-law, Farid Sukaik, managed to escape Gaza on New Year’s Eve. The intricate details of the operation have remained undisclosed for security reasons. The United States primarily acted as a liaison and coordinator between the Sckak family and the governments of Israel and Egypt. The Israeli military and local Israeli officials were more directly involved in the execution of the mission. This successful extraction highlights a rare and significant international effort amidst a backdrop of intense military conflict in the Gaza Strip.