IDF ready to launch Rafah operation, pending government approval – defense official

The Israel Defense Forces has conducted all necessary preparations to take Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah and can launch an operation the moment it gets government approval, a senior defense official tells Reuters.

There is no note of whether the defense official quoted is connected to the IDF.

Israel has said that victory in the Gaza war, launched after Hamas’s cross-border massacre and kidnapping spree on October 7, is impossible without taking Rafah, crushing the terror group, and recovering any hostages there.

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