The Israeli government has announced plans to launch an attack on the Gaza border town of Rafah, according to a report in the Haaretz newspaper. The date for the attack has not yet been decided, but it is believed that it will take place before the start of Ramadan, which begins on March 10th.
The primary objective of the operation is to destroy four Hamas battalions in the city and evacuate civilians from the Rafah area. Netanyahu’s office has instructed the armed forces to prepare a plan for this mission. The details of this plan have not been released, but it is believed that Israel will use ground troops and air strikes to carry out the operation.
The situation in Rafah remains tense due to ongoing tensions between Israel and Hamas. One of the biggest issues facing both sides is the fate of tunnels that run between Egypt and Gaza. Hamas has used these tunnels to smuggle weapons and other supplies into Gaza, and Israel has expressed concern about their use by extremist groups. The two sides have not reached an agreement on how to address this issue, which continues to be a source of tension between them.
Hamas leaders have warned that any Israeli ground attack on Rafah could result in significant casualties among civilians, with estimates suggesting that tens of thousands could be killed or injured. International actors have expressed their concern about these developments and called on both sides to work towards finding a peaceful resolution through diplomatic means. However, it remains unclear whether either side is willing or able to make concessions at this time.