Netanyahu vows to invade Rafah 'with or without a deal' as cease-fire continue

AP , Tuesday 30 Apr 2024

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to launch an incursion into a Gaza city sheltering hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

File photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a cabinet meeting at the Kirya military base, which houses the Israeli Ministry of Defense, in Tel Aviv, Israel. AP


Netanyahu said Israel would enter Rafah to destroy Hamas’ battalions there “with or without a deal.” Israel and Hamas are negotiating a cease-fire agreement meant to relesse captives and bring some relief to Israel's nearly 7-month-long war in the Gaza Strip that has killed at least 34,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

Netanyahu has vowed to achieve “total victory” in the war and has faced pressure from his right-wing nationalist governing partners to launch an invasion of Rafah.

* This story has been edited by Ahram Online

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