On October 7th, Hamas militants killed 1,200 people in southern Israel and abducted at least 250 more. In response, Israel has launched a military assault on the Gaza Strip, resulting in the deaths of more than 28,000 Palestinians 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. Meanwhile, a senior Hamas leader quoted on Aqsa Television warned that any Israeli ground assault in Rafah would “blow up” hostage exchange negotiations.
Egypt has issued a warning of “dire consequences” if Israel proceeds with a potential military assault on Rafah, which is located near its border. The Egyptian foreign ministry emphasized the need for all international and regional efforts to unite in order to prevent the city of Rafah from being targeted.