Over the weekend, Israeli security services rescued two hostages in Rafah, a city located in the south of the Gaza Strip. The hostages were identified as 60-year-old Fernando Simon Marman and 70-year-old Louis Har. Hamas reported that about 100 people were killed in the Israeli army’s operation prior to the liberation of the hostages.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that about a hundred people were killed in these attacks, with many women and children among the victims. The United Nations stated that 1.4 million Palestinians were crowded into the city to escape the fighting and bombing in the rest of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army had previously carried out several attacks on Rafah, which led to criticism from international leaders. Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his army to prepare an offensive on the border city with Egypt, where many Palestinians had fled after previous offensives in the north and center of the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu faced international criticism for his plans, as many saw them as a violation of human rights and international law.