On October 7th, Hamas militants carried out an incursion into southern Israel. According to Israeli tallies, this resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people and the abduction of at least 250 individuals. In response to this attack, Israel launched a military assault on the Gaza Strip.
As a result of this military operation, more than 28,000 Palestinians have been killed, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated 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.
In an interview with Aqsa Television on Sunday, a senior Hamas leader warned that any Israeli ground assault in the region of Rafah would “blow up” the hostage-exchange negotiations. Egypt has also 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.