According to Israeli tallies, Hamas militants killed 1,200 people in southern Israel and abducted at least 250 during their Oct. 7 incursion. Israel has responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip, which has killed more than 28,000 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.
In an interview aired on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “enough” of the 132 remaining Israeli hostages held in Gaza were alive to justify Israel’s war in the region. Meanwhile, a senior Hamas leader quoted by Hamas-run Aqsa Television said any Israeli ground offensive in Rafah would “blow up” the hostage-exchange negotiations.
Egypt warned on Sunday of “dire consequences” of a potential Israeli military assault on Rafah, which lies near its border. The foreign ministry added that Egypt called for the necessity of uniting all international and regional efforts to prevent the targeting of the Palestinian city of Rafah.