Live blog: Israeli army chief approves plans for Rafah ground attack

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Israel’s war on besieged Gaza, now in its 205th day, has killed at least 34,454 Palestinians — 70 percent of them babies, children and women — and wounded over 77,575 while some 8,400 people are feared buried under the rubble of bombed buildings.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

1504 GMT  Israeli army chief of staff Herzi Halevi has approved plans for a ground offensive in Rafah in the southern tip of Gaza, according to Israeli media.

The move comes despite efforts by mediators to reach a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

Plans for the Rafah ground attack were approved during a meeting between Halevi, Southern Command chief Yaron Finkelman and other division and brigade commanders, The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported.

The move followed a threat by far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich to bring down the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he accepts an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire.


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