The war rages in Rafah and throughout the Gaza Strip: update on the military situation

Published on May 19, 2024 at 12:44 p.m. / Modified on May 19, 2024 at 12:45 p.m.

The large-scale operation promised by the Jewish state in Rafah is taking shape. After two weeks of so-called “targeted” operations in the town in the south of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army intensified its bombings and artillery fire and announced on Saturday that it had “eliminated around fifty terrorists”. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced the day before the entry of “additional troops”. With this ground offensive, Israel is targeting three crucial strategic objectives.

The first, according to Yossi Kuperwasser, is to “take control of the Philadelphia corridor”, namely the road passing through Rafah which borders the Egyptian border. For the former director of the Military Intelligence Research Division of the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs, “there are around ten tunnels under this corridor, through which the Palestinians bring in their military equipment illegally. To prevent Hamas from rearming and reconstituting itself in the future, we must control this corridor.”

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