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Israel sets date for IDF troop entry into Rafah - Netanyahu

Israel sets date for IDF troop entry into Rafah - Netanyahu Archive photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Getty Images)

Israel has set a date for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troop entry into Rafah because victory in the war against Hamas cannot be achieved without an operation in the city, states Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.

He stated that he had received detailed information about the negotiations in Cairo.

"We are working to achieve our goals all the time," Netanyahu said.

According to the Prime Minister, it is about the release of hostages and the complete victory over Hamas. That is why the IDF will enter the city of Rafah.

The war in the Gaza Strip

Last fall, militants of the Hamas terrorist group attacked Israel from the Gaza Strip. In response, Israel sent troops into the Gaza Strip and launched a military operation to eliminate Hamas.

In the middle of March, Netanyahu stated that Israel was close to completing the last part of the fighting in the Gaza Strip. According to the Prime Minister of Israel, the military operation could end in about a month or two.

However, as Netanyahu stated, the Israeli army intends to continue its advance on the city of Rafah on the southern border of the Gaza Strip. Although US President Joe Biden previously warned in an interview that such an advance could be a "red line".

It was previously reported that the Israel Defense Forces withdrew almost all of its troops from the southern part of the Gaza Strip overnight on April 7. Currently, according to Israeli media reports, only one brigade, Nachal, remains in the enclave.

The White House stated that the withdrawal of Israeli Defense Forces troops from the southern part of the Gaza Strip is related to personnel re-equipping and rest.

More about events in Israel and the Gaza Strip, why the United States is pressing on its partner, and how the threat of an attack from Iran emerged can be found in the material by RBC-Ukraine.