Israeli tanks stationed overlooking Rafah’s Mawasi humanitarian zone, residents say

Israeli tanks have advanced to the edge of the Mawasi displaced persons’ camp in the northwest of the southern Gaza city of Rafah in fierce fighting with Hamas-led operatives, residents say.

Images of two Israeli tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the coastal area went viral on social media, but could not be independently verified.

Residents say Israeli tanks pushed deeper into western and northern Rafah in recent days.

Last week, the Israel Defense Forces said it dismantled about half of Hamas’s fighting force in Rafah, killing at least 550 gunmen in the area, as the operation against the terror group in the Gaza Strip’s southernmost city continued.

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