In response to the Hamas militants’ attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people and the abduction of at least 250 individuals on Oct. 7, Israel has launched a military assault on the Gaza Strip. As a result of this action, more than 28,000 Palestinians have been killed, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated in an interview that there are still 132 Israeli hostages being held in Gaza and that there is enough evidence to justify the ongoing war in the region.
On Sunday, a senior Hamas leader warned that any Israeli ground assault in the region of Rafah would “blow up” the hostage-exchange negotiations. The Egyptian foreign ministry issued a warning of “dire consequences” if Israel proceeds with a potential military assault on Rafah, which is located near its border. The ministry emphasized the need for all international and regional efforts to unite in order to prevent the city from being targeted.