capture of the Rafah crossing point, pressure from hostage families

capture of the Rafah crossing point, pressure from hostage families
capture of the Rafah crossing point, pressure from hostage families

► Israel takes control of the Rafah crossing point

The Israeli army announced on Tuesday May 7 that it had taken control of the Palestinian part of the Rafah crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and that ground troops as well as tanks had begun a “targeted counterterrorism operation” in eastern Rafah.

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An armored unit “maneuvered in the area. Currently, special forces are inspecting the crossing point” from Rafah, “we have operational control of the area”affirmed the Israeli army during a press briefing, specifying that it is “only on the Gaza side of the crossing point”.

“We operate in specific areas of eastern Rafah. We do not operate in the entire area » but “in a specific area of ​​an already determined area” from Rafah, the army said. It’s about “a very targeted operation, of a very limited scale against very specific targets”.

►LUN calls for reopening of crossing points

Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings, whose closure by Israel cuts off aid flows to Gaza, must be reopened ” immediately “urged the UN Secretary-General, calling on the Israeli government to “stop the escalation”.

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“The closure of both the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings is particularly harmful to the already desperate humanitarian situation. They must be reopened immediately”declared Antonio Guterres, insisting on the other hand on the fact that a “generalized assault” of Rafah would be “a human catastrophe”.

In the morning, the UN assured that it had been denied access to the Rafah crossing point by Israel. “We currently have no physical presence at the Rafah crossing point because Cogat (Israeli body responsible for coordinating Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territories) has refused us access to this area”which is the main crossing point for humanitarian aid, said a spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“It has a considerable impact” on the population, because no aid can anymore enter through the Kerem Shalom crossing point, targeted by rocket fire, the spokesperson stressed. Due to the closure of the crossing, the UN said it only had a day’s supply of fuel oil for humanitarian operations in the Gaza Strip.

► Families of hostages demand international “support”

The Families Forum, the main Israeli association of relatives of hostages held in the Gaza Strip since October 7, calls on countries whose nationals are among the hostages to support a truce agreement with Hamas. Around 250 people were taken hostage, including foreigners or dual nationals, including Americans, French, British, Russian and Thai.

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“Now is the time to exert your influence on the Israeli government and all other parties involved in order to reach an agreement that will finally bring back all our loved ones”declares the association in a press release.

“At a time when a tangible opportunity to release the hostages is on the table, it is essential that your governments clearly express their support for such an agreement”asks the association to the ambassadors of the countries of which the hostages are nationals.

Hamas announced Monday evening that it had accepted a ceasefire plan in the Gaza Strip, devastated by seven months of war, on which Israel has not yet decided.

► Hamas shooting near Kerem Shalom

The Ezzedine Al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, announced that they had fired rockets “on a gathering of troops” Israeli forces around Kerem Shalom, the main crossing point for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, closed since previous shots.

The Israeli army claimed that these rockets had been fired from Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, where its troops entered the previous night.

“Following the alerts which sounded in the Kerem Shalom area, four mortar shells were fired from the Rafah area towards Israeli territory”indicates the army in a press release, “no injuries or damage were reported”.

Already on Sunday, rockets fired by the Al-Qassam brigades at Kerem Shalom killed four Israeli soldiers and injured around ten, leading Israel to close the crossing.

► At least eleven dead in strikes in Rafah

Civil defense in the Gaza Strip reported “many deaths” during the night in Rafah, where Israel promised to carry out a large ground operation. And the Kuwaiti hospital, located in this city, said it had received “eleven dead” and “dozens of injured” in these strikes, thus recording an initial toll of five deaths. According to witnesses and Palestinian security sources, the Rafah sector is currently the scene of intense Israeli strikes.

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A “invasion” of Rafah, a town in the south of the Gaza Strip where Israel has promised to carry out a vast ground operation, would be “intolerable”UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres insisted the day before, calling on Israel and Hamas for a “extra effort” for a truce.

King Abdullah II of Jordan also called, from Washington, on the international community to do everything to prevent “a new massacre” in Rafah, as Israel prepares for an offensive in this town in the south of the Gaza Strip.

► Qatar sends delegation to Cairo to continue talks

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar announced overnight the dispatch, as of today, of a delegation to Cairo, Egypt, with a view to securing a truce agreement between Israel and Palestinian Hamas in the Strip. Gaza.

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Hamas announced the day before that it had informed Egypt and Qatar that it accepted their proposal for a ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. Scenes of joy and shots in the air greeted the announcement of this truce by Hamas in Rafah, a town on the southern edge of the besieged Gaza Strip on which Israel is planning a major military offensive.

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