Israel authorizes attack on Rafah city

Last Updated on March 16, 2024 12:53 pm

Israel has approved plans for a possible attack on the Egyptian border town of Rafah, south of the Palestinian enclave of Gaza. Tel Aviv also plans to send another delegation to Qatar to discuss a possible hostage deal with the Palestinian independence group Hamas; Through this, they kept alive the hope of ceasefire.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Friday (March 15) that Netanyahu had approved a plan to attack Rafah.

Israel continues to destroy one city after another in the besieged Gaza Strip in the name of eliminating the Palestinian independence armed group Hamas. According to the information of the Ministry of Health of Gaza, since October 7, the number of dead in the Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip has reached 31 thousand 490 people. Apart from this, 73 thousand 439 people have been injured so far. Having turned most of Gaza’s cities into ruins, the country now has its eyes on the city of Rafah. More than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have taken refuge here recently as they move south to escape Israeli attacks.

Meanwhile, Israel’s foreign allies and critics have been calling for an end to the attack on the town of Rafah, fearing massive civilian casualties. Despite their calls, Israel claims that Rafah is the last stronghold of Hamas. So Tel Aviv has been voicing its promise to eliminate Hamas there.

On October 7, Hamas entered southern Israel and attacked illegal Jewish settlements in protest against the genocide, torture, occupation of houses and land carried out by the occupying Israeli forces on the Palestinian people for decades. The pro-independence armed group carried out an unprecedented attack that killed 1,200 Israelis and captured around 250 Israelis and foreign nationals in Gaza.

On the same day, Israel declared war on the Palestinian independence movement to eliminate Hamas and secure the release of its prisoners. Hamas released 110 Israeli prisoners in exchange for a seven-day ceasefire agreement last November, but they still hold more than a hundred prisoners. Israel continues to negotiate with Hamas through mediators to secure the release of prisoners in exchange for a new ceasefire.

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