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Benny Gantz: ‘Israel committed to continue fighting – including in Rafah’

The war cabinet minister brushed aside the World Court order that Israel immediately halt its assault on Rafah, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are in the line of fire.

“The State of Israel set out on a just and necessary campaign following the brutal massacre of its citizens, abhorrent sexual violence perpetrated against its women, kidnapping of its children and rockets fired at its cities,” Gantz said.

“The State of Israel is committed to continue fighting to return its hostages and promise the security of its citizens – wherever and whenever necessary – including in Rafah.

“We will continue operating in accordance with international law wherever we might operate while safeguarding to the best extent possible the civilian population – not because of the ICJ but because of who we are and the values we stand for.”

This liar is the best alternative to Netanyahu atm :/

Israel insists Rafah operation does not risk ‘destruction of Palestinians’

“Israel has not and will not carry out military operations in the Rafah area that create living conditions that could cause the destruction of the Palestinian civilian population, in whole or in part,” National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said in a statement.

Earlier, judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel to halt its offensive in Rafah and withdraw from the enclave, citing “immense risk” to the Palestinian population.

Nearly 800,000 Palestinians have been displaced from Rafah since Israel launched its offensive against the southern Gaza city earlier this month. Hundreds of thousands more remain trapped inside the city as Israeli forces push deeper towards them.

A Palestinian woman stands next to a damaged building after an Israeli air raid in Rafah

Nobody believes you anymore, enough with the lies.

More lies

Israel claims sending ‘extensive aid’ to Gaza despite international criticism

The Israeli military says it continues to deliver “extensive humanitarian aid” to the Gaza Strip.

It added Hamas fired projectiles at the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing on Thursday during a rotation of humanitarian teams.

The statement comes as the UN and international organisations say Israel is still severely hampering the delivery of aid to the war-battered enclave, and shortly after the World Court ordered Israel to allow more humanitarian relief from the Rafah crossing in the south.

This looks so staged... How is Hamas even firing at them outside the border wall with all the Israeli military build up right there. Look at a map, doesn't make any sense.

EU discusses possible role monitoring Gaza border crossing

The European Union is studying whether it could play a role monitoring the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt after Israel’s war with Hamas ends.

The 27-nation bloc set up a mission in 2005 to help monitor the crossing, but that was suspended two years later after Hamas was voted in and took control of Gaza.

“We received demarches from different parties including Israel whether we could study the possibility to reopen it,” an unidentified EU official told AFP news agency.

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell would likely get a green light from European ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday to draw up options for a potential redeployment of an EU mission, the official said.

“Obviously, this would not be in the current circumstances, not in war circumstances. We are talking about the future.”

A diplomat cautioned the EU, which has struggled to come to a unified position on the Gaza war, is still at the “very beginning of the possible process”.

Egypt’s el-Sisi agrees to let UN aid through key Gaza crossing: US

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi agreed in a call with his US counterpart Joe Biden to allow UN aid through the crucial Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing to conflict-torn Gaza, the White House said.

“President Biden welcomed the commitment from President el-Sisi to permit the flow of UN-provided humanitarian assistance” through the crossing, it said in a readout of the call. “This will help save lives.”

Egypt has been reluctant to allow humanitarian cargo to pass after Israeli forces stormed the Rafah land crossing in southern Gaza and took it over.

Kerem shalom is in Israel, not sure what Egypt has to do with that? I guess they mean the rotting food stuck at Rafah can travel to Israel.