Netanyahu gives Israeli military green light for Rafah assault

by ian

 

Israel is forging ahead with its invasion of the southern Gaza city of Rafah, rejecting calls from Western countries to hold off.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing the Israeli army for a “powerful” ground assault. He said, “We will fight until complete victory and this includes a powerful action also in Rafah.”

Netanyahu says the attack won’t begin until civilians are safe. But Australia, Canada and New Zealand still issued a joint statement urging “the Israeli government not to go down this path.” They say a military operation could be “catastrophic” considering the high number of refugees in the area and few other safe places to go.

Israel continues operations in other parts of the south. Yesterday, the IDF raided a hospital in Khan Younis. The attack was decried by the World Health Organization, but Israel says Hamas was using the hospital as a hiding spot.

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