Israel announced this Monday, February 12, that it had freed two hostages in Rafah, the final target of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, where the ruling Hamas reported 52 Palestinians killed during the night’s operation.
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■ Israel announced Monday Freed two hostages in Rafah, was the final target of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, where ruling Hamas reported 52 Palestinians killed during the night’s operation. The strike, which took place overnight from Sunday to Monday, was not part of the launch of the offensive, but part of an operation to recover two hostages kidnapped on October 7 during an unprecedented attack by Hamas fighters in the south of Israel, the starting point of the war.
■ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the army to develop a plan Evacuate civilians from RafahWhere he plans to start” Huge performance » and defeated the last battalion of Hamas. After Gaza City, then Khan Younes, Israel is now targeting ground operations in this city, in the far south of the Gaza Strip, adjacent to Egypt, as part of its military offensive against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
■ American President Joe Biden urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “ Guaranteed security » Palestinian population While some states have warned that “ A humanitarian disaster In the event of an attack on a heavily populated city. In an interview with the American channel ABC, Benjamin Netanyahu assured that the Israeli army would ensure that “ safe passage » Before the planned attack on Rafah.
■ According to the latest report from Hamas’ Ministry of Health, this Sunday, February 11, 28 176 people were killed in Gaza Since the start of the war on October 7, 2023. A total of 112 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The victims are mostly women, teenagers and children. We also count 67,784 injured.
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7:45 am: Hezbollah leader meets Islamic Jihad leader
Hezbollah announced that its secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah, had met with his Islamic Jihad counterpart, Ziad al-Nakhallah, to discuss recent developments in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. They also insisted that their two organizations “must continue to work vigorously to achieve the promised victory.”
6:50 am: Joe Biden will meet the King of Jordan
US President Joe Biden is scheduled to welcome King Abdullah II of Jordan to Washington this Monday. The two heads of state are to discuss the ongoing negotiations for the release of hostages by Hamas in Gaza, as well as the growing concern surrounding a possible Israeli attack on the town of Rafah.
6:15 am: The ship says it was hit by a missile off the coast of Yemen
A ship said it had been attacked by two missiles off Yemen’s southern coast on Monday, the British Maritime Safety Agency said. ” The crew is safe and the ship is proceeding to its next port of call The agency reported the incident, which took place in an area where Houthi rebels have repeatedly attacked ships in the Red Sea in recent months.
5:50 am: Hamas’ health ministry announces “nearly 100 dead” in Israeli operation in Rafah
The Israeli army’s nighttime operation that allowed the release of two hostages in Rafah” About 100 dead », announced the Health Ministry of Hamas this Monday morning. In a press release in Arabic, the ministry noted that about fifty to “ About 100 dead » Consequences of a nighttime attack by Israeli forces on the city of Rafah at the southern end of the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt.
5:30 am: Argentina thanks Israeli forces for freeing two hostages
The office of Argentine President Javier Milli thanked Israeli forces at X for freeing two hostages, Fernando Simón Marmon and Luis Harr, both of Argentine nationality. The operation to free the two men had been prepared “for a long time,” according to an IDF spokesman.
The President’s Office acknowledges the Israeli Defense Forces, and the Shabak and Israeli police culminated with the rescue of Argentines Fernando Simon Marmon (60) and Luis Haar (70), who were separated on October 7th by the group…
— Oficina del Presidente (@OPRArgentina) February 12, 2024
5:10 am: Two Israeli hostages are freed during a night operation in Rafah
Israel announced on Monday that it had freed two hostages in Rafah, the final target of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, where the ruling Hamas said 52 Palestinians had been killed during the night’s operation. Hamas warned on Sunday that such an offensive “ A torpedo will do » Any agreement on the release of hostages still held by him in Gaza. But Israel insisted that the strikes from Sunday to Monday night were not part of the launch of the offensive, but an operation to recover two hostages kidnapped on October 7 during an unprecedented attack by Hamas fighters. In southern Israel, the starting point of this war.
“ Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Luis Har, 70, were found during a night operation in Rafah conducted jointly by the Shin Bet, the army. (Internal Security) and the Israel Police », according to the press release of these three services. Abducted from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, the two men were taken to Ramat Gan’s Sheba Medical Center for preliminary medical examinations. ” They are in steady state », Arnon Afek, director of the establishment, told the press. ” Three terrorists were killed in the building where they were detained “, according to an initial assessment by the Israeli military, which had previously been limited to confirming that it had” Conducted a series of raids against terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip “