Hamas Says Israeli Offensive In Rafah Will "Blow Up" Hostage Talks: Report
Hamas warns that any Israeli ground offensive in the border city of Rafah will derail negotiations for a hostage exchange, as reported by Aqsa TV.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed the military to prepare for the evacuation of Rafah and the targeted destruction of four Hamas battalions positioned in the area.
Despite failed ceasefire attempts, Netanyahu remains committed to fighting for a "total victory." With previous advisories directing civilians to move south before attacks, the lack of safe refuge now raises concerns for high casualty numbers among the residents.
The Gaza conflict, which began on October 7 with Hamas attacks on Israeli towns, leading to numerous civilian deaths and the capture of hostages, has elicited a heavy Israeli military response, resulting in a significant Palestinian death toll as reported by Gaza medical officials.