Gaza. The death toll from Israeli military attacks on the southern city of Rafah and surrounding areas in the Gaza Strip rose to more than 100 on Monday. While hundreds of people including women and children have been injured. Israeli forces launched about 40 airstrikes on the Rafah area early today and also shelled the ground, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
The Israeli military reported that it rescued two hostages following a special forces operation in Rafah. After this both were admitted to the hospital and their condition is stable. Israeli forces launched a “series of strikes on terrorist targets” in southern Gaza on Monday, the Israeli military said in an earlier statement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden discussed by phone on Sunday ongoing efforts to free hostages in Gaza and facilitate more aid to the Palestinian territory. An Israeli government official told Xinhua that about a hundred of these hostages were still in Gaza after being abducted during the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023. In addition, the two leaders also discussed Israel’s announced plan for a ground offensive in Rafah.
The Gaza-based Health Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip since October 7, 2023 has risen to 28,176, while 67,784 others have been injured.
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