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37 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Air Strikes on Rafah

Israel that freed two Israeli hostages in the Rafah amid air strikes.

Early on Monday, Israel launched an operation with special forces that resulted in the release of two Israeli prisoners from Rafah, air strikes caused numerous injuries and 37 deaths, according to local health officials, in the southern Gaza city.

Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Hare, 70, were let free following a cooperative operation by the Israel Defence Force (IDF), Israel’s internal Shin Bet security service, and the Special Police Unit in Rafah, according to the Israeli military.

The IDF announced that the two men, who were abducted by Hamas on October 7 from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, were transferred to the Tel Hashomer Medical Complex in good health.

According to Israeli military spokesman Lt Col. Richard Hecht, “it was a very complex operation.” “We’ve been working on this operation for a very long time. We were holding out for ideal circumstances.

According to Hecht, there were intense gunfire exchanges between the raiding party and the surrounding buildings, and the hostages were being kept on the second floor of a structure that was stormed with an explosive charge.

According to him, an airstrike was launched concurrently to enable the forces to be removed.

Rafah residents contacted by Reuters via a messaging app claimed that the airstrikes sparked widespread panic because many people were asleep when the raids began. There were fears that Israel had started its incursion into Rafah on foot.

Residents claim that two mosques and other homes were struck by Israeli planes, tanks, and ships during the strikes.

Without giving any information, the Israeli military claimed on Monday that it had carried out a “series of strikes” on southern Gaza that have now “concluded.”

Israel’s military has ordered citizens to evacuate before raids on Gaza cities without organizing a detailed evacuation strategy.

Israel Military Operation

According to the White House, US President Joe Biden informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that Israel shouldn’t begin a military action in Rafah unless it has a solid strategy in place to guarantee the protection of the approximately one million people who are now seeking refuge there.

According to aid organizations, an attack on Rafah would be disastrous. In an enclave destroyed by Israel’s military operation, it is the final area that is reasonably safe.

Days after the US president declared that Israel’s military response in the Gaza Strip had been “over the top” and voiced serious concerns about the growing number of civilian deaths in the Palestinian enclave, Biden and Netanyahu held a 45-minute conversation.

According to Netanyahu’s office, the military has been instructed to devise a strategy for the evacuation of Rafah and the destruction of four Hamas battalions that it claims are stationed there.

According to Israeli counts, Hamas militants killed 1,200 people in southern Israel and kidnapped at least 250 during their assault on October 7.

Over 28,000 Palestinians have died as a result of Israel’s military attack on the Gaza Strip in retaliation, according to the health ministry controlled by Hamas.

In an interview that aired on Sunday, Netanyahu stated that Israel’s war in the region was justified because “enough” of the 132 Israeli captives that were still being held in Gaza were still alive.

A senior Hamas official was quoted by the Hamas-run Aqsa Television on Sunday, stating that any Israeli ground operation in Rafah will “blow up” the hostage-exchange talks.

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