The Israeli army stated on Monday it had conducted a “series of strikes” on southern Gaza which have now “concluded”, with out offering additional particulars.
Earlier than earlier assaults on Gaza cities, Israel’s army has ordered civilians to go away with out getting ready any particular evacuation plan.
US President Joe Biden advised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that Israel shouldn’t launch a army operation in Rafah and not using a credible plan to make sure the security of the roughly 1 million folks sheltering there, the White Home stated.
Help businesses say an assault on Rafah could be catastrophic. It’s the final comparatively protected place in an enclave devastated by Israel’s army offensive.
Biden and Netanyahu spoke for about 45 minutes, days after the US chief stated Israel’s army response within the Gaza Strip had been “excessive” and expressed grave concern over the rising civilian dying toll within the Palestinian enclave.
Netanyahu’s workplace has stated that it had ordered the army to develop a plan to evacuate Rafah and destroy 4 Hamas battalions it says are deployed there.
Hamas militants killed 1,200 folks in southern Israel and kidnapped at the least 250 of their Oct 7 incursion, based on Israeli tallies. Israel has responded with a army assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed greater than 28,000 Palestinians, based on the Hamas-run well being ministry.
Netanyahu stated in an interview aired on Sunday that “sufficient” of the 132 remaining Israeli hostages held in Gaza have been alive to justify Israel’s warfare within the area.
Hamas-run Aqsa Tv on Sunday quoted a senior Hamas chief as saying any Israeli floor offensive in Rafah would “blow up” the hostage-exchange negotiations.
Egypt warned on Sunday of “dire penalties” of a possible Israeli army assault on Rafah, which lies close to its border.
“Egypt referred to as for the need of uniting all worldwide and regional efforts to forestall the focusing on of the Palestinian metropolis of Rafah,” its international ministry added in an announcement.