Onward to Rafah
Category: Op/EdBy: vic-eldred • 2 weeks ago • 41 comments
Link to quote: Israel frees two hostages in Rafah under cover of air strikes, Gaza health officials say 67 killed (msn.com)
Israeli forces have now begun a ground offensive in the city, where more than a million people displaced by Israel's war on Hamas are supposedly sheltering with nowhere else to go. Israel has offered them transport to safer locations, but as usual the Palestinians have a reputation that leads other Arab countries to abstain from offering them. refuge. One of the small victories that have already taken place during the operation was the rescue of two Israeli/Argentinian hostages.
"A joint operation by the Israeli military, the domestic Shin Bet security service and the Special Police Unit in Rafah freed Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Hare, 70, the military said.
The two men were kidnapped by Hamas from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak on Oct. 7, the military said, among some 250 people who Israel says were seized during the militant raid that triggered its war on Gaza."
Israel frees two hostages in Rafah under cover of air strikes, Gaza health officials say 67 killed (msn.com)
Elsewhere in Gaza, Israeli forces uncovered an important communications center and intelligence hub for Hamas. And guess where it was? If you said: hidden deep below the headquarters of the United Nations’ aid agency for the Palestinians, you'd be right. Israel’s discovery of the Hamas operations below UNRWA offices is likely to put further pressure on the agency, which is facing international scrutiny for basically being a front for Hamas.
And this is for Joe Biden:
"Despite mounting warnings from aid agencies and the international community that an assault on Rafah would be a catastrophe, Netanyahu has reiterated his intention to extend Israel’s military operation against Hamas. Hamas stated that a new advance into Rafah would “blow up” ongoing negotiations to return hostages in return for a ceasefire.
“We’re going to do it,” Israel’s prime minister told ABC News in an interview aired on Sunday. “We’re going to get the remaining Hamas terrorist battalions in Rafah, which is the last bastion, but we’re going to do it.”
He added: “We’re going to do it while providing safe passage for the civilian population so they can leave.”
Netanyahu reiterates intent to press on with ground offensive on Rafah | Israel-Gaza war | The Guardian
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