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Gaza: Netanyahu refuses to comply with Hamas demands and orders the army to “prepare” an offensive on Rafah

Hopes for a truce between Israel and Hamas appear to be fading. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a speech on Wednesday that he had ordered his army to “prepare” an offensive on the city of Rafah, located in the southern Gaza Strip, on the border with Egypt.

The statement came as several sources confirmed that Israel and Hamas are studying a proposed Egyptian agreement to broker a truce and release the last Israeli or binational hostages still held by the Islamist movement in the Palestinian enclave. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is even now in Israel to persuade Tel Aviv to agree to a pause in the deadly fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Complying with Hamas’ demands “will only lead to more massacres,” Israel’s prime minister said in a speech, declaring victory in the Gaza Strip was only “a matter of months.”

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Source: Le Parisien

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