Israel-Palestine, endless conflict?case
The Israeli army’s operation, which notably enabled the release of two hostages in Rafah, left “around 100 dead”, announced the Hamas Ministry of Health on Monday February 12 morning.
Israel announced on Monday February 12 that it had released two hostages in Rafah, the final target of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, where the ruling Hamas reported around a hundred Palestinian deaths during this nighttime operation.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his army to prepare an offensive on Rafah, on the border with Egypt, where most of the population of the Palestinian territory is currently massed, according to the UN, causing concern of the international community.
Hamas warned on Sunday that such an offensive “would torpedo” any agreement for the release of the hostages he still holds in Gaza. But Israel affirmed that the strikes on the night of Sunday to Monday were not part of the launch of this offensive, but of an operation to recover two hostages kidnapped on October 7 during the unprecedented attack by Hamas fighters. in southern Israel, the starting point of this war.
“Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, were recovered during a nighttime operation in Rafah carried out jointly by the army, the Shin Beth [les services de sécurité, ndlr] and the Israeli police., according to a press release from these three services. Abducted from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, the two men were taken to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan for initial medical examinations. “They are in stable condition”Arnon Afek, the director of the establishment, told the press. “Three terrorists were killed in the building where they were detained”according to an initial assessment by the Israeli army, which had previously limited itself to confirming that it had “carried out a series of raids against terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip”. These strikes hit fourteen houses and three mosques in different areas of Rafah, according to the Hamas government.
A “humanitarian catastrophe”
Around 250 people were kidnapped in Israel on October 7 and taken to Gaza. A week-long truce in November allowed the release of 105 hostages in exchange for 240 Palestinians detained by Israel. Before the release of the last two hostages, Israel estimated that 132 were still detained in Gaza, of whom 29 were believed to have died.
Rafah has become the last refuge for Palestinians stuck on the closed border with Egypt, numbering 1.4 million according to the UN, the vast majority displaced having fled the war which has been raging for four months. US President Joe Biden urged the Israeli Prime Minister, in a telephone interview on Sunday, to “guarantee security” of the Palestinian population. Several states have warned of “humanitarian disaster” in the event of an assault on the overpopulated city. “Victory is within reach”Benjamin Netanyahu declared on the American channel ABC News, describing Rafah as “last bastion” of Hamas.