Hamas has warned that an Israeli ground offensive in Rafah could lead to tens of thousands of deaths and injuries in the city located in southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses reported bombings in and around Rafah, and there have been intense fighting and numerous injuries in the area. Official reports stated that 110 deaths were reported overnight, with Israeli forces targeting hospitals in Rafah and preparing for a ground operation.
Throughout recent diplomatic negotiations, Israel has expressed plans to evacuate civilians from Rafah and destroy Hamas, an operation which has been criticized as excessive by many countries and the United Nations. Though the war began with Islamists killing civilians and kidnapping citizens in Israel, Israel has responded by vowing to annihilate Hamas and launching a violent campaign of bombing and ground offensives against Gaza.
However, some allegations have been raised against these statements such as “excessive” responses and “ferocious attacks on October 7.” The most recent negotiations held in November were aimed at obtaining greater access to humanitarian aid and exchanging hostages held by the Hamas group for resistance fighters held by Israel; some 132 hostages are still left with 29 recorded deaths due to the situation.
In Yemen, US forces carried out early Saturday bombings that killed 17 Houthi fighters attached to this issue after a funeral for deceased victims. Such fatalities have sparked tension worldwide between those supported by Iran who have attacked in support of Hamas, resulting in counterattacks by Israel and its allies. The situation has also evoked tension in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, where Iran-supported militias have engaged Israeli forces leading to escalation of tensions globally.