July 21, 2024
Israel Attacks Gaza’s Rafah
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Israel Attacks Gaza’s Rafah

Israel launched air strikes on Rafah on Thursday, after threatening to send troops in to hunt for Hamas militants in the southern Gaza city where around 1.4 million Palestinians have sought refuge.

Efforts to halt the attacks on Gaza have so far failed, but a US envoy was in Israel Thursday in an attempt to secure a truce.

More than four months of bombardment have flattened much of Gaza and pushed its population of around 2.4 million to the brink of famine, according to the United Nations.

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International concern has grown over Gaza’s escalating civilian death toll and the desperate humanitarian crisis sparked by the war that followed Hamas’s October 7 attack against Israel.

Global attention is focused on Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, where hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians are living in crowded shelters and makeshift camps under threat of disease.

Israel says that if Hamas does not free the remaining hostages held in Gaza by the start of Ramadan on March 10 or 11, it will keep fighting during the Muslim holy month, including in Rafah.

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