Gaza War: Israel Takes Control of Rafah Crossing; Aid Groups Warn of ‘Catastrophe

Photo courtesy: NPR

Overview: The Israeli military has intensified its actions in the Gaza Strip, particularly in the southern town of Rafah. After a night of airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave, Israeli tanks entered Rafah and seized control of the crucial Rafah border crossing with Egypt. This development occurred amidst ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. Mediators are struggling to secure a ceasefire agreement, but tensions persist as the conflict enters its eighth month.

Key Points:

  • Israeli forces took “operational control” of the Rafah crossing, which serves as the primary route for aid entering the besieged Gaza Strip and an exit point for those seeking refuge in Egypt.
  • The incursion into Rafah was not a full-fledged offensive as initially planned, leaving uncertainty about further escalations.
  • Hamas announced late on Monday that it had agreed to a ceasefire proposal, but Israel rejected the terms, emphasizing its demands.

The situation remains highly sensitive, and international aid groups are warning of potential catastrophe if the conflict continues unabated. The eyes of the world are closely monitoring developments in the region.

Tracey Guptill

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