Attack on Rafah: Start Date Still Undecided by media

Israel Prepares for Assault on Gaza Border Town Despite Hamas Pressure

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has instructed the armed forces to create a plan to carry out an attack on Rafah, a Gaza border town. According to Haaretz, which cited insider sources, the Israeli government is still undecided on the date of the attack.

One of the significant challenges is that Israel and Egypt have not yet agreed on what will happen to the tunnels connecting Egypt and Gaza. Hamas is believed to have used these tunnels to smuggle weapons and supplies into Gaza. The organization’s leaders may be pressured by Israel’s declarations of intent to attack Rafah, leading them to show more flexibility in negotiations between the two sides.

Netanyahu’s office issued a press release stating that the Prime Minister has ordered the armed forces to prepare a plan to destroy four Hamas battalions in Rafah and evacuate civilians from the area. The attack should be completed by March 10, before Ramadan begins.

Hamas has warned that an Israeli ground attack on Rafah could result in tens of thousands of deaths. International actors have expressed concern about the potential consequences of such an action, as Israel has previously asked people to evacuate from southern Gaza, and there are hundreds of thousands of civilians living in the Rafah region. According to data from Gaza Health Ministry, over 28,000 people had already been killed by Israeli airstrikes and attacks by Saturday due to Hamas’ October operation against Israel.

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