IDF says some 50 gunmen killed by troops in eastern Rafah; 150,000 civilians evacuated

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Amid the IDF’s ongoing operation in the eastern part of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, some 50 gunmen have been killed by troops, according to the latest estimates by the military.

Another 10 tunnel shafts have been found, and they are being prepared for demolition.

The operation was launched late Monday, following an IDF evacuation order of the area.

The military estimates that around 150,000 Palestinians have evacuated from the eastern Rafah area so far.

The IDF currently does not plan to expand the evacuation order to other areas of Rafah, as the ongoing operation remains relatively limited in scope amid hostage negotiations with Hamas.

Additionally, the Rafah Crossing with Egypt remains closed due to the IDF operations there, and it is still unclear what will subsequently happen with it.

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